Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Department of Homeland Security Testing Iris Eye Scanners at U.S.-Mexico Border in McAllen, Texas

Just when I don't think it can get any more futuristic than it already is, the government is about the track, trace and database people at the border based on individual eye scans of the iris. It is just a matter of time before an iris-scan is required to travel, buy and/or exist on the grid.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) next month will test the use of commercial iris-scanning technology at a U.S.-Mexico border patrol station.

The DHS has not yet decided whether it will ever deploy the technology, but is conducting the two-week test at a station in McAllen, Texas, for operational feasibility, DHS spokeswoman Amy Kudwa said via e-mail Monday.

Click here to read the official DHS Privacy Impact paper (Privacy Impact Assessment for the Iris and Face Technology Demonstration and Evaluation (IFTDE), August 12, 2010) about the various iris and face scanning technologies that DHS uses.

Source: Information Week

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