FBI launches its first child safety app

Posted on Aug 8 2011 - 5:38pm by Julius

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has launched a child safety app for the Apple iPhone called the Child ID that enables parents make a file for their children that can be easily accessed to provide important data if ever they go missing. When a child disappears, authorities need his/her recent photos and other information, such as height and weight.

With the FBI Child ID, parents and guardians can document details about their children for additional information. Users can input information in special fields, which are designated for important data, such as the children’s real names, their nicknames, their home address, their ethnicity and their birth dates, in addition to a number of fields for “identifying characteristics” to ensure the information is as detailed as possible.

“You can show the pictures and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers on the spot,” the FBI said in a press release. “Using a special tab on the app, you can also quickly and easily email the information to authorities with a few clicks.”

The app also includes child safety tips and comes with a guide on what to do during the initial hours after a child disappears.

For those who are worried about your privacy, the FBI stated on its website that the Child ID app doesn’t collect or store information or photos entered on the phone. Everything is saved locally on the user’s iPhone, until they choose to send the data to the authorities. The only problem with the app is it doesn’t have a passcode on it, so to keep information safe it would be wise to lock the app to keep your data safe.

The FBI Child ID app can be downloaded for free via iTunes. The FBI said it will be coming to other mobile platforms in the future.

 

via: Engadget

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