FBI Develops Global Police Net

High-tech global database will track suspects
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2008 10:50 AM CST
Armed policemen stand guard at the entrance to Terminal 4 at London's Heathrow Airport. Britain's police have joined an FBI project to develop a high tech global database of suspects (AP Photo/PA, Tim...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – FBI officials are holding key talks with international law enforcement authorities to develop a high-tech database of suspected criminals and terrorists. The "Server in the Sky" system, which uses sophisticated biometric data such as iris prints, could transform international policing. But it may be a hard sell in some countries, where privacy issues will likely be a major concern, reports the Guardian.

The FBI is working with police in the UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand on the project. "Server in the Sky is designed to foster the advanced search and exchange of biometric information on a global scale on the world's 'worst of the worst' individuals," said an FBI spokesman. The bureau plans to sort suspects into three categories: terrorists, suspected terrorists, and subjects of terrorist investigations.