By Caitlin Fairchild // August 25, 2014
The FBI filing system has finally gotten an upgrade.
The bureau released a video detailing the switch to the Next Generation Identification system to digitally house among other things, 30 million records and 83 million fingerprint cards.
“It makes those records immediately accessible to law enforcement across the country,” said Penny Harker, who runs the Biometric Services Unit at the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services. “It’s a great benefit to them not having a delay simply because we were still storing files in a manual format.”
The FBI's old filing method, the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, or IAFIS, used fingerprint cards stored in rows and rows of filing cabinets, requiring fingerprint specialists who acted as "runners" to find the correct card.
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Donna Ray who has managed the FBI files since 1974 called it the end of an era.
"The old identification division, that's what built the bureau," Ray said. "But I'm very excited about the direction we're going in."
The effort to digitize files has been going on for several years, with 8.8 million files converted in the last two years.
However, some privacy groups are concerned about ...