Child ID, FBI's first Apple iPhone app, is unveiled
The FBI released its first app for Apple's iPhone on Friday, called Child ID.
The app can store photos and information on a child, such as height, weight, date of birth, gender, ethnicity, hair and eye color and whether or not they have pierced ears.
"Using a special tab on the app, you can also quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities with a few clicks" in case a child goes missing or in other emergencies, the FBI said in announcing the app's release.
Parents and guardians of a child can also call 911 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children from within the app. Child ID also has a list of safety tips for parents and a checklist of things to do if an emergency arises.
The phone can store multiple entries for multiple children, but filing out information about a child doesn't automatically send it to the FBI. Everything entered using the app stays on a parent's device running Apple's iOS software, which includes the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.
The only time the information is shared with law enforcement is when a user emails an entry on a child to police or the FBI.
So for those worried about their child's info getting stolen, a passcode lock would be a good call.
The app itself has no password lock-down feature (but that might not be such a bad idea FBI developers).
-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Image: Screenshots of the FBI's Child ID app running on Apple's iPhone. Credit: FBI.