FBI releases new version of app to help ID missing children
The FBI announced recently the reboot of an app that provides parents with a way to store their children’s pictures and information in case their children go missing.
The app, called Child ID App, allows users to store images and physical descriptions that could help responders in the event of an emergency. The information is stored only on the user's mobile device and is not shared with any other entity unless sent out by the user.
The latest version of the app includes high-resolution image capability, a default recipient field to send the information to first responders and optional automatic reminders to update a child’s profile.
Current users of the app are encouraged to download the latest version of the app, and those who have used the older version will have to re-enter information after installing the update.
According to the FBI, the app has been downloaded more than 250,000 times since it was released on iTunes in 2011 and for the Android system in 2012.
The current version released in April has been downloaded more than 50,000 times onto devices.
The app also includes tips on keeping children safe and gives guidance on what to do in the first hours after a child goes missing.