Internet | July 8, 2022 2:06 pm

The FBI Wants to Know All About Your Kids

A new app from the agency is supposed to be about keeping your kids safe, but should you trust it?

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The FBI's new app is about child safety (apparently)
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Baby’s first watchlist?

In order to quell parental safety concerns and make reporting missing children easier, the FBI has debuted a new app for your iPhone or Android. Child ID’s purpose is to “provide a convenient place to electronically store photos and other vital information about your children so that it’s literally right at hand if you need it.” In addition to photos, you can also store your child’s height and weight, as well as other identifiers, within the app itself. 

Of course, you could always store these…on your phone, in case of emergencies or your child wandering off, but the FBI app also includes the ability to “quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities with a few clicks.”

Child safety isn’t a controversial topic, unless of course you are associating child safety with law enforcement’s use of biometric data, which really doesn’t have that great of a track record about holding onto the biometrics of children. Or the agencies long history with targeting Black and Indigenous organizers and activists, including referencing the Black Lives Matter movement as the “ground zero for their renewed interest in targeting and surveilling Black activists.”

The FBI has said that they are not “collecting or storing any photos or information that you enter in the app. All data resides solely on your mobile device unless you need to send it to authorities.” 

Of course, if you wanted to take them at your word, you absolutely can. When has the FBI lied about their surveillance before?