If there is something weird in your neighbourhood and you do not know what it is, you give the ghostbusters a call, right? So what happens when your kids go missing and you don't know what to do? Why, you download the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) recently-launched Child ID app, input the personal particulars of your missing kids into the app and send that information to the authorities, of course. Oh, and don't forget to call the cops, too.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has announced the availability of a new iPhone app which “allows parents to be able to electronically store photos and vital information about their children” so that they have ready access to this information in the event that it is required. According to the FBI, this app has been designed specifically to assist parents in alerting the authorities in the event that they lose sight of their children.
So how does it work? Well, according to the announcement made by the FBI, the Child ID app allows users to document important details about their children. Such details include photographs, as well as more private details such as their ethnicity, name, address and even their date of birth, ostensibly to assist parents in ensuring that they give the relevant authorities a comprehensive list of information to help accelerate the search for their missing children.
In the unlikely event where a parent's child does indeed go missing, the app will allow users to email the information stored within to the authorities, such as the FBI. However, herein lies the catch; the Child ID app does not come preloaded with any email addresses, so the onus is on parents to actually populate the app with a list of important email addresses well before the unthinkable happens. Of course, this is no substitute for actually calling to the authorities to make an official report, a fact which the FBI has clearly taken pains to point out by including a “Call 911” button into the app, as shown in the image above.
Last but definitely not least, the FBI has confirmed that neither it nor iTunes will collect any information that has been stored on the Child ID apps. And while the app is currently only available for the iPhone, the FBI has also claimed that it has plans to port the app to other platforms as well.