FBI launches Child ID app for iPhones
A new iPhone app launched by the FBI is making it easier for parents to provide vital information about their child to authorities in the event the child goes missing. The Child ID app is the first mobile application created by the FBI, and provides a convenient place for parents to electronically store their child’s photos and physical identifiers, such as height and weight. This information can easily be shared with security or police in a moment’s notice, and can also be easily emailed to authorities by using a special tab on the app.
The Child ID app also includes tips on keeping children safe and what to do in those first few crucial hours when a child goes missing. The agency says it plans to add more features to the tool in the coming weeks and months to include the ability to upload other photos stored on your smart phone. The app is available free for iPhone users through the App Store on iTunes. The agency also hopes to expand the tool to other mobile devices soon.
The Child ID app is designed to work in tandem with the National Child Identification Program, which provides a physical kit to gather your child’s pictures, fingerprints, personal characteristics, and even DNA to keep with you in case of emergency. The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), a longtime partner in the National Child Identification Program, will be promoting the Child ID app at various football games in the coming season and with a public service announcement.
Users of the Child ID app should be aware that neither the FBI nor iTunes is collecting or storing any photos or information that individuals enter into their app. All data resides solely on the mobile device unless it is sent to authorities, the FBI said.