back to article Interpol makes first border arrest using Biometric Hub to ID suspect

European police have for the first time made an arrest after remotely checking Interpol's trove of biometric data to identify a suspected smuggler. The fugitive migrant, we're told, gave a fake name and phony identification documents at a police check in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, while traveling toward Western Europe. …

  1. Rikki Tikki

    So, in 2 months of operation, with up to umpteen thousand searches per day, Interpol have arrested precisely *one* suspect? Always assuming that this guy was in fact travelling with fake documents, rather than the system identifying the wrong person.

    Why am I so cynical about police press releases? :(

    1. Zippy´s Sausage Factory

      The false positives are always going to be the worry with systems like this. It will really get bad when they (inevitably) decide to start using AI because more false positives = more real positives (and more work for border officials than before the system came in to begin with).

    2. jmch Silver badge

      " in 2 months of operation, with up to umpteen thousand searches per day, Interpol have arrested precisely *one* suspect? "

      *If* that's true, that's actually pretty good. Hundreds of arrests would indicate either a high false positive rate (although TBH we know nothing about how many people were wrongly stopped before this 1 arrest was made), or that it was being used as a trawl net for trivial offences. Also good to note that this is actually a good way of implementing biometrics. Comparing a live photo to a "whole population" photo database is bound to give dozens of positive matches. Comparing to a select group of 'Interpol's most wanted' (ie thousands rather than hundreds of millions) is far less likely to flag false positives.

      1. DS999 Silver badge

        That should be corrected to say Interpol has ANNOUNCED arresting one person. They may have arrested others who were false positives, then had to let them go. Obviously they are not going to publicize those failures, though if they're happening eventually some of the people will take their story to the press and it'll be become known.

  2. Clausewitz4.0 Bronze badge
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    Tales from BioHub

    FBI Agent 1: My wife just traveled to a conference, something about her work... I am worried she is cheating on me.

    FBI Agent 2: Why don't you run her photo through that new BioHub? Check the places she went and peep at the cameras around. Might help.

    FBI Agent 1: Thanks. Good idea.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Tales from BioHub

      Naah, more like

      Politician: I need to know who are all those daring to participate in that meeting held agains me.

      Policeman: Right away, sir!

      1. PB90210 Bronze badge

        Re: Tales from BioHub

        A few years ago a cartoon from an issue of Private Eye was used in a racist manner and sent to a member of police staff. DC Plod put in a request to PE for a list of subscribers to track down the culprit.

        PE said go boil your head, we don't give out the list to anyone.

        DC Plod went to a judge to get them to hand over the list but the judge also sent then away with a flea in their ear, pointing out that their request was too wide, that the magazine it came from could easily have been read/handled by multiple people... and that the magazine was freely available, without subscription, at most newsagents.

  3. Clarecats


    "Interpol and Idemia have worked together for years. In 1999, he police organization"

    Is there a she police organisation?

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