Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
  1. Early Prime Day Deals
    08:06 Deals

    10 incredible early Prime Day deals that are about to end at Amazon

  2. AirPods Pro Prime Day Deal
    11:46 Deals

    AirPods Pro are back in stock at Amazon after selling out – and they’re $52 off

  3. Best Prime Day Apple Deals
    12:00 Deals

    Amazon Prime Day 2021: Best Apple deals

  4. Amazon Deals
    07:56 Deals

    10 deals you don’t want to miss on Saturday: Early Prime Day blowout, $50 off AirPods Max, $20 Blink Mini cam, more

  5. Best Prime Day Phone Deals
    18:12 Deals

    Best Prime Day phone deals: Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and more




The FBI is taking a deep privacy-infringing look into your eyes

July 12th, 2016 at 10:00 PM
FBI Iris Scanning Pilot Program

The FBI loves your eyes so much that it will keep an iris scan of them forever, as long as you get arrested in one of the cities that are running an FBI iris scan program. The program has no privacy oversight and few public details, making it a perfect nightmare for privacy advocates.

Top Prime Day deals:
Samsung Curved 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD TV for $650
Amazon Fire TV Stick for $25
Xbox One Bundle for $270

According to The Verge, the FBI collected 430,000 iris scans from people who were arrested in Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino, with many of them (more than 190,000) originating from the latter.

The pilot started in 2013, with police in these counties scanning the irises of all the people who were ever arrested. Iris scans are a lot quicker to capture with current technology than any other biometric readings, including fingerprints, making identification procedures a lot easier in certain situations.

Each iris has a unique fingerprint, which would let the FBI accurately identify something as long as their iris scan is in its database. It also takes a “fraction of a second,” according to The Verge, for the scan to reach the database.

It’s unclear at this time whether the system has actually helped investigators since the pilot started. But what’s disturbing about it, at least to privacy advocates, is that the FBI has no privacy impact assessment for its iris scans collection program. It’s not clear how iris data is handled or what happens to it.

This isn’t the first time the FBI is failing to create privacy assessments on biometric databases. In June, a report revealed the FBI made millions of facial scans under an out-of-date privacy assessment, prompting criticism that it’s failing to disclose details about such practices, as it should be doing, under the Privacy Act.

The Verge notes that the FBI has been trying to exempt some of its NGI databases (that’s short for Next Generation Identification) from certain provisions of the Privacy Act, with privacy groups accusing the agency that it’s trying to obfuscate how these databases will function.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.




Popular News