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Biometric Standard Expanded To Include DNA, Footprints

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December 9, 2011
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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has added the identification of DNA, footmarks, and specific fingerprint information to its biometric data standard, with more enhancements slated for the future.

The organization–which oversees technology standards for the federal government–published a significantly revised biometric standard last month that expands the amount of information that can be used across the world to identify victims of crimes or solve the crimes themselves, it said.

Federal agencies such as the Department of Defense (DOD), the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security–as well as international law-enforcement entities–use the standard as a common language for the collection and exchange of biometric data.

The new standard–the Data Format for the Interchange of Fingerprint, Facial, & Other Biometric Information–now includes a way to identify DNA, which is becoming key to the identification of perpetrators of crimes such as murder and rape. The move represents the first international standard for the exchange of DNA biometric data, according to NIST.

via InformationWeek Government, continued here.