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The FBI’s Child ID App is as Fishy as It Sounds

The FBI’s Child ID App is as Fishy as It Sounds

Store all your child’s information on this handy FBI app and we promise don’t collect any of it!

The FBI has a Child ID app for your phone so you can easily store all of your child’s information and pictures.

It sounds like they’re fishing for your child’s information because there are other ways to keep your child’s information secure on your phone or on your body.

From the statement (emphasis theirs):

You’re shopping at the mall with your children when one of them suddenly disappears. A quick search of the nearby area is unsuccessful. What do you do?

Now there’s a free new tool from the FBI that can help. Our Child ID app—the first mobile application created by the FBI—provides 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. You can show the pictures and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers on the spot. Using a special tab on the app, you can also quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities with a few clicks.

The app includes tips on keeping children safe as well as specific guidance on what to do in those first few crucial hours after a child goes missing. It features a password protection option to help keep your information safe and allows you to add pictures from your mobile phone’s image library. You can also zoom in and crop images prior to saving.

That emphasized sentence sounds too similar to, “I’m from the Government and I’m here to help.”

Do you need the FBI Child ID app to show officers and security a photo of your kid? Why not open the Photo app?

Does anyone believe them? I don’t:

The FBI is 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. Please read your mobile provider’s terms of service for information about the security of applications stored on your device.


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Remember when there was a push to fingerprint all the kids, just in case? Seems similar.

    They want to chip kids, just like they do pets. Then as new babies are born, they get chipped, and when we all die off, every single person in America will be chipped. That is/was the plan.

    henrybowman in reply to Dathurtz. | July 6, 2022 at 1:06 am

    Yeah. If you pressed them on it, they’d admit you could keep the fingerprint card in your own safe. But otherwise, they were happy to collect them all.

    And they promised me my Social Security number would never be used for identification… and that all my contributions would go in a lockbox with my name on it.

    And that if I registered all my guns, the list would never be used for confiscation.

    “I’m much too fast to take that test” — David Bowie

    rscalzo in reply to Dathurtz. | July 6, 2022 at 9:53 am

    That stayed with the parent.

Oh for fuck’s sake, shut up feebs. There are about a kazillion ways one can store this information securely without exposing it to you lying, law-abusing, commie-aiding fucks.

Anyone who still trusts the scumbags at the FBI should have his head examined.

    lichau in reply to Paddy M. | July 5, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    The FBI has been stone cold corrupt since the get go. Read any bio of J. Edgar Hoover. His name is on their building.

Hard pass.

Wouldn’t touch that for a cash return. 47 second mark. These guys were just so far ahead of the game

Will it also keep track of kids using ssri’s so they can be groomed and armed as school shooters?

Give the FBI info without a warrant? No fing way

The FBI obviously has too large a budget if they have money to waste having this spyware developed for them.

A prime example of police programs that need defunding.

I guess my long held idea of creating a national DNA data base from birth won’t go over well here, considering the earlier comments. Instant solving of all crimes with any DNA evidence, eliminating innocent suspects, instant identification of any decomposed or unidentified remains, one day potential heath benefits, etc. What are the downsides?

    henrybowman in reply to jb4. | July 6, 2022 at 1:22 am

    The law of large numbers. Despite the Policeman’s Fallacy, the percentage of seriously criminal individuals in a national population is significantly small. Swamping a database with data on people who are not and will never be criminals both hammers your search time and creates orders of magnitude more false positives than positives, both of which slow down investigations massively.

    You can read here about how well this idea worked on a similar population, the population of crime guns within the domain of all legally-purchased civilian firearms. Without exception, every single database of this type that has been tried has been discontinued for abject uselessness. And note, this dismissive article is from the WaPo, not the NRA.

      vman in reply to henrybowman. | July 6, 2022 at 1:43 am

      Thirty year cop here, about 90% of crime is committed by about 10% of the population. Dna, fingerprints for everyone, like you said, jam up the system and waste time. “Round up the usual suspects.”

        markm in reply to vman. | July 9, 2022 at 3:58 pm

        Only 10% of the population being criminal is a problem to those who would rule us. They want to expand the laws until 10% are being dealt with by the criminal justice system while the other 90% have also committed “crimes” and owe some politician for being protected from the system.

      Paul in reply to henrybowman. | July 6, 2022 at 8:12 am

      “But THIS time we’ll put the smartest men on it” said the delusional Commie scumbags, every time.

    AnAdultInDiapers in reply to jb4. | July 6, 2022 at 2:22 am

    Quite apart from the problem of treating the whole population as a potential criminal – “We need your DNA so we can find you if you (or someone with matching data points) commits a crime”, the ease with which the database would be corrupted, seeded with false data and otherwise tampered with and the arguments henry’s already made, there’s a deep philosophical argument that needs to be had too.

    Should all crime be solved and punished?

    I think a society with no crime has no risk takers, no innovation; it’s staid, static, stagnant, and will collapse.

    Resulting in far more ‘crime’ and harm than the database would prevent in the first place.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to jb4. | July 6, 2022 at 6:31 am

    If there are law enfarcement agencies involved, there is room for abuse. They have their quotas.

    ss396 in reply to jb4. | July 6, 2022 at 11:48 am

    Downsides? I don’t have to demonstrate my innocence, the government has to prove my guilt. A national DNA database collected on the off-chance that someone could be more readily identified turns the whole concept of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ on its head. It’s a clear, open violation of the 4th Amendment, providing access to the government of my self without the government having to get a warrant to violate my security or person.

    A national DNA database violates “innocent until proven guilty” and it tosses out the 4th Amendment. No, that’s not going to be popular thinking around here.

Take a picture of your kid, then just IDK send it to the cops if you need to along with their height and weight? Too hard?

It isn’t even just the info you put in the app that could be compromised.

Trust the FBI???

Coffee just shot out of my nose.

Sadly the great agents are pushed to the side.

The funny bit is this is the same as those Kid ID kits (yes, often with the fingerprints in them) when my son was little. They would set up a display somewhere and happily weigh and measure your kid and help them put their thumbprints on the card and take a passport photo, then put it all in the little folder and you would take it home.

Where it would sit. It would never be updated. So, if your kid is snatched 4 years later, the picture in that folder is way out of date and the physical info is not even remotely useful.

The only difference with this is someone, somewhere, hopes that you will update it frequently because it’s on your phone. Well, and it’s on your phone, which makes it kinda insecure.

(BTW, how much use is the actual weight of your kid? Much better to have some descriptive info: husky, strong build, wiry, beefy. If people could estimate weight with a look, you wouldn’t need this app to record your kid’s weight.)