Nobody Seems To Think The FBI’s ‘Child ID’ App Is A Good Idea

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) promoted its “Child ID” app Tuesday, which purports to help parents whose children may go missing by storing biometric information and photos of the children.

The app “provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and other vital information” about children, the tweet reads. The premise of the app is to “show the pictures and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers on the spot,” according to the FBI’s website. (RELATED: IG: FBI Agents Mishandled Allegations Against Gymnastics National Team Doctor Larry Nassar)

When opened, the app prompts users with the option to record a child’s full name, address, home phone number, and biometric information. It prompts guardians to disclose some of their own personal information as well. The app accepts up to 10 photographs of a child, with up to five from behind the child.

The Child ID app also asks users for access to their smartphone’s camera and presents users with the option to specify their local police department.

People from across the political spectrum criticized and mocked the FBI’s app.

The FBI stated that it “is not collecting or storing any photos or information that you [users] enter in the app.”

The FBI has recently faced intense scrutiny and legal ramifications relating to its mishandling of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case.