The Pocket Printer, FBI Wants Your Face in its Database and Turn Anything into a PDF- P.I. Advice Podcast #51

Tech Tuesday edition of the Private Investigator Podcast #51 4-14-2014

Zuta Pocket Printer

Zuta Labs created a small printer that prints on top of a piece of paper rather than feeding through a large machine. The device will print one page per minutes and the ink within the printer will allow for 1000 pages of printing.  It will have a lithium Polymer batter (LIPO) that will be charge through a micro USB cable.  The device will last about an hour which gives you about 60 pages of printing before it needs charging.  It will work though Bluetooth meaning it will be wireless in the receiving of documents that need to be printed.

Pocket Printer pictureI have known of investigators purchasing small printers to put in their vehicle in case they needed to print something on the fly (like pretext material).  But how nice would it be to have a printer like this that would allow you to type up a contract in front of your client, print it out on the spot and have them sign it right there?

They will be selling for around $200 dollars which I believe will be a pretty reasonable price for the convenience. 



FBI Wants 52 Million Photos in its Face Recognition Database by 2015

Gizmodo Face The Next Generation Identification (NGI) is the FBI’s biometric database that holds records on approximately 1/3 of the United States population.

The NGI is built on the FBI’s fingerprint database which contains over 100 million individual records.  It now holds palm prints, iris scans and facial recognition data.  In each individual file the NGI combines the various forms of identification and links it to their name, address, race, age, etc..

In addition to the information, the database will now link non-criminal information with criminal information.  All records will have a Universal Control Number (UCN).   So even if you have never been arrested, if your employer requires you to submit a photo as part of your background check, your face and other information has the potential of being searched.

The FBI predicts that by 2015 the database holding these images will include 4.3 million images taken for non criminal purposes.

  • 46 million criminal images
  • 4.3 million civil images
  • 215,000 images from the Repository for Individuals of Special Concern (RISC)
  • 750,000 images from a “Special Population Cognizant” (SPC) category
  • 215,000 images from “New Repositories”

Many states are already participating in the program. The map which came from NGI shows where each state is in the implementation of the program.

As much as I would love to have access to a picture of any claimant or individual I work a surveillance case on,  the amount of information the government is gathering is a bit frightening.  If you haven’t already seen what Facebook has done with their facial recognition software where you upload a picture and it asks if you want to tag faces or tag the Facebook friends it identifies in the picture.  They do this out of convenience but in reality it to is creepy.


Make Anything into a PDFpdf 995 pic

A PDF (Portable Document Format) is an electronic image that looks like a printed document that can be viewed, printed and sent to someone else electronically.  I always view it as a document that can’t be messed with. 

Regardless of how you define a PDF it’s the format you are going to want to make your report and any other evidence, A PDF provides a professional appearance and protects the information on the document. 

To download PDF995 from click here and it will take you to the website.