Parents in Polk County, Florida are hopping mad this month after the local school district did iris scans on their kids without their permission. Wait, let me repeat that. A school district did iris scans on some 750 kids.
Ahem, Big Brother? He has arrived. And he's trying to collect some pretty detailed biometric information on CHILDREN!
Forget, for just a moment, the whole kerfuffle over whether parents in Polk had a chance to give permission for this pilot program. Permission is almost beside the point ... I want to know why would school districts need to do iris scans on kids anyway?
Are they storing gold bars in schools these days?
Weapons of mass destruction?
With identification of kids coming down to something so personal, you'd think so ...
The folks down in Polk, where this whole "iris scans on kids" scandal has blown up, say they were going to use the biometrics to keep track of kids on district school buses. Kid steps up, gets his (or her) eyes scanned, and it records that they've boarded. Considering the number of "kid on wrong bus" stories we see in the news, I can see why districts are trying new things.
But there are plenty of options between depending on kids to remember what bus to go on and the Orwellian collection of personal data from our children.
Once schools start allowing companies in to scan a kid's eyes, the potential for that information to be misused is great. Who knows what will be done with it ... or whose hands it could end up in.
Our kids have plenty of time to end up in the "system" when they're older.
The schools can keep their scanners out of my kid's eyes, thank you very much.
Would you allow your child's school to do an iris scan or is that going too far?
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