New technological developments have made it even easier for the federal government to collect data from us.
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have recently revealed that they have developed a way to use iris recognition technology to identify drivers from an image captured from their car’s side mirror. According to Daily Mail, these iris scans can be measured from up to 40 feet away.
The developers hope that this new technology will both improve security and make things easier for the people being identified. However, it has also been argued that there are some serious legal issues with this, as well as public backlash from concerned citizens.
“I feel negatively about a remote iris scan because I want there to be some kind of interaction between me and this system that’s going to be monitoring me,” said one participant in the research.
Another serious concern with this is that of “function creep,” where people slowly become more and more accustomed to constant security and surveillance from the government. Believers in this theory say that the government could be introducing measures like this gradually, giving the public time to get used to each one before introducing another. This can easily become a slippery slope into a society that is constantly being watched and scrutinized by the government.
“I could imagine this becoming normalized to a point where you don’t really worry about it,” said another participant in the research.
“[A remote scan] could be done every time we walk into a big shopping centre, they could just identify people all over the place and you’re not aware of it,” another participant added.
There’s also no telling what they can find out once they start scanning our eyes.
“I think it’s a little too invasive and to me it sounds a bit creepy,” a concerned citizen commented. “Who knows what they can find out by scanning my irises?”
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