5:00AM Monday December 24, 2007
By Alanah May Eriksen and Mike Houlahan
Uncle Sam wants your earlobes on file. Photo / Richard Robinson
New Zealand visitors to the United States will have details about scars and the size and shape of their earlobes added to a new FBI database.
The US$1 billion ($1.3 billion) project will bring together the world’s largest collection of information of people’s physical characteristics at FBI headquarters in Washington.
Facial, fingerprint and palm pattern information is already collated by the FBI but at the weekend the Washington Post reported that iris patterns, scars, walking and speech patterns and facial data such as earlobe shape would eventually be added to the database.
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