Thoughtful consideration on a new technology that could both help and harm privacy and security. Dave Farrington on government mandated iris scans:
At first, I was impressed with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 because it had a built-in iris scanner for added security. This week I read that Singapore plans to do an iris scan of all citizens. Such an activity by the U.S. government just a few years ago would have seemed preposterous.
Singapore isn’t exactly a haven for personal rights, privacy, or security. What about the U.S?
The reason I say it could happen is the U.S. is becoming less of the representative democratic republic we thought it was, and moving rapidly toward autocracy. North Carolina has become so politically draconian that it is no longer classified as a democracy, now reduced to banana republic status.
Apple and the iris scans?
Apple could become an unwitting partner of Big Brother by providing customers with security and privacy measures– Touch ID, voice recognition, facial recognition, iris scans, and who knows what else– which on the surface seem to benefit customers, but in the wrong hands could benefit totalitarian rulers even more.
This isn’t going to end well, either.