"New documents released by the FBI show that the Bureau is well on its way toward its goal of a fully operational face recognition database by this summer. EFF received these records in response to our Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for information on Next Generation Identification (NGI)—the FBI’s massive biometric database that may hold records on as much as one third of the U.S. population. […] The records we received show that the face recognition component of NGI may include as many as 52 million face images by 2015. By 2012, NGI already contained 13.6 million images representing between 7 and 8 million individuals, and by the middle of 2013, the size of the database increased to 16 million images. The new records reveal that the database will be capable of processing 55,000 direct photo enrollments daily and of conducting tens of thousands of searches every day."
The real question becomes who determines which individuals get in this database, are they excluding themselves and their friends and what guarantees that these “public” records will not get abused by someone who obtains these records under a FOIA request. According to the FBI’s own statistics, 30% of arrestees are never convicted of any crime so to make the system fair (yea right) everyone would have to be included. In all fairness, it’s impossible to say whether some agency hasn’t already collected all Passport/Drivers License/I.D.card information.