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The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has just informed us that it has debuted its very first mobile application, an iPhone app dubbed ‘Child ID’ (iTunes link).
The app gives parents a way to electronically store photos and vital information about their children, enabling them to quickly show pictures and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers in their vicinity if for whatever reason a kid goes missing (which, according to the FBI, happens in America about every 40 seconds).
The FBI stresses that it doesn’t collect or store any photos or information that users enter in the app until they themselves decide to send anything to the authorities.
A tab also allows parents to rapidly shoot an email to the relevant authorities, and the app also comes with tips on keeping children safe and specific guidance on what to do in those first few crucial hours after a child disappears.
Obviously, the app is free, and the FBI says the application will be ported to support handsets other than the iPhone in the ‘near future’.
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