End Of Privacy: City To Track People With Eye Scanners

Imagine a public eye-scanner that can identify 50 people per minute, in motion. Now imagine the government installed these scanner systems all across an entire city. Or don't imagine it, because it's already happening, right now.

Leon, Mexico, is doing exactly that, installing real-time iris scanners from biometrics research and development firm Global Rainmakers Inc. These retinal scanners don't require people to stop and put their eyes in front of a camera. They work in real time, as people walk, like this:

Which is very similar to this once-science-fiction scene:

There are different kinds of machines being installed across Leon - from large scanners capable of identifying 50 people per minute in motion, to smaller ones like the EyeSwipe in the video above - that range from 15 to 30 people per minute. These devices are being installed in public places, like train and bus stations and connected to a database that will track people across the city.

City officials and proponents of the system are hoping that public retinal scans will stop crime and fraud. According to Jeff Carter, CDO of Global Rainmakers:

If you've been convicted of a crime, in essence, this will act as a digital scarlet letter. If you're a known shoplifter, for example, you won't be able to go into a store without being flagged. Certainly for others, boarding a plane will be impossible.

The retinal scanning of Leon's one million population has started already with its convicted criminals. Citizens with no criminal records have been offered the opportunity to "voluntarily" scan their retinas. This, however, is just the beginning. According to Carter, everyone in the planet should be connected to the iris-tracking system in 10 years:

In the future, whether it's entering your home, opening your car, entering your workspace, getting a pharmacy prescription refilled, or having your medical records pulled up, everything will come off that unique key that is your iris. Every person, place, and thing on this planet will be connected within the next 10 years.

Of course, that would be good for Carter's business. For the best of the rest of us, I hope this never happens. [Fast Company]


Comments

    It's to catch criminals and peodophiles, you want to catch criminals and peodophiles dont you? If you're against retina scanning then you are pro criminals and pro peodophiles.

    It's either that argument or

    Why not get your retina scanned if you've got nothing to hide?

    suddenly life in a little country town doesn't look so bad.

    Time to start up an eye transplant business...

    Let me just whip out my Rayban Wayfarers.
    Job done.

    In all reality, for the people who give a toss (and most won't) there will be companies that market contact lenses designed to fool the technology.

    It's like the guys selling RFID-blocking wallets for your e-Passport. Same thing: only the paranoid will bother, but the option will be there if you that's you.

    Or just wear sunglasses?

    "EyeSwipe"? Are you sure you didn't just get trolled?

    Ever tried to get someone in Government to fix an error relating to your information or a credit reporting agency to fix an error with your credit rating because of some jackass mistake. It's always a nightmare. Imagine going shopping and being denied access to a building because your retina was scanned and you're "reportedly" not a fit and proper person to be allowed entry or simply because your bank account doesn't have enough money in it. YOU DON'T WANT THIS.....no if's, no buts..!!

    Wow. Just wow. Even if they don't "enroll" your retinas, you know they'll be profiling retinas uniquely as a number, cataloging everywhere you go ... until they can force you get enrolled, like because of some bogus speeding ticket, or because you want to fly internationally, or whatever. Then they'll associate your newly identified retina with the "anonymous" history they have.

    What if their retina scanning is only 99% accurate or even 99.9% accurate, and somebody out there gets falsely identified as you? Then what if that person's history identifies them as a criminal? That routine traffic stop could land you in jail with "conclusive" evidence ... because the high tech can't lie, right?

    And yes, retina replacements (eye replacements?) or some type of mechanism to defeat them will be commonplace, but only in the blackmarket, because you know the government will outlaw that. So, the real people you want to track will have funds (probably that they've stolen) that they'll use to defeat it, while the rest of us will lose any semblance of privacy that's left ... in the name of fighting terrorists and pedophiles.

    Think you have nothing to hide? Then start taking dumps in very public locations without closed doors. What? Don't want to do that? So you DO have something to hide, you just haven't figured out HOW MUCH you want to hide.

    I'd invest in some contract lenses of various types.
    Sounds like BS though.

    Cry Freedom

    i think about this eye think is all for divorce and people strongley in involved in people history of past sepration from long last living of youn and its class

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