B. Scott Swann
|Posted on Tuesday, July 13, 2004 - 04:56 pm: ||
I think the answer you are looking for depends on the AFIS system you are searching against. I can't speak for all state and local AFIS systems, however the FBI currenly only maintains a Master fingerprint record for subjects in the Criminal Master File (CMF). Civil background checks are searched against the FBI CMF within IAFIS as they are received. If these searches are non-ident and able to be retained they are stored in a Civil Repository which currently does not get searched by incoming tenprint work. Therefore, individuals may have multiple records within the FBI Civil File which are not linked.
As the FBI expands its search capabilities to this Civil File, specifically for latent purposes, this process is being analyzed and may need re-engineered.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 13, 2004 - 05:06 am: ||
The value of fingerprint databases is that they can identify anyone previously entered into the system. Except for court granted expungements, I can guarantee that any fingerprints taken for state or FBI checks are almost certainly kept for many years. Perhaps maintainence where clearer copies of prints are swapped out for less clearer ones, in AFIS systems, but there is almost certainly a trail.
I could be wrong, but especially with the FBI files, I would suspect that each time you are printed, your master file shows each time your prints 'hit' against other prints added to the system.
As I have been printed more than a dozen times over the years, I would am interested if anyone has anything to correct me, or add to the discussion.
|Posted on Wednesday, June 30, 2004 - 03:13 pm: ||
I was recently finger-printed for a civil mattter(Foster Care worker) and a friend remarked that she had been finger printed about 30 times in the last 30 years for civil matters(Real Estate License, loan officier, foster parent, social service position, old security clearance, etc).
My thoughts were that her prints might have been checked against a finger print database of people who had reason to be matched for negative criminal/security reasons, but that they were not actually saved until recently for general matching/paper trail reasons.
My friend was sure that her prints would show matches going back 30 years, and that all of her prints were in records that the were accessible either manually or by computer and would be regularly accessed when she changed agenicies or applied for new clearances.
Neither one of has been arrested or in any way involved crimminally. This question is purely an amazement of the power of computers and the practicallities of anaylysing a lot of possible data.
Anyone know the answer, or be able to point towards a reasonable answer. Searching the internet has found nothing useable after an hour or two.