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January 26, 2006

Iris Scanning - For A NJ Grade School?

Topics: National News

NJ%20eye.0.jpegAccording to a media report, when a parent arrives to pick up their child at one of three grade schools in the Freehold Borough School District, they are going to be required to look into a camera that will take a digital image of their iris - in order to establish positive identification that allows them to gain entrance into the school. Funding for the project in the amount of more than $369,000, was provided by a school safety grant through the National Institute of Justice, a research branch of the U.S. Department of Justice.

So, what do you think? Is this a tax scam, a privacy issue that we should be concerned about (odly, NJ is a heavily Democratic state and haven't the Dems gone a bit whacko against the NSA surveillance issue - or is that just to make political hay?), or a program that is needed to "improve school safety for the children"?

Before you decide, you want to read Dan Riehl's post on the subject - he definately isn't undecided.

My own opinion somewhat parallels Dan's, albeit I certainly favor the use of the technology, where appropriate. As for it's use in schools, it does seem to come down on the luxuriously expensive side of the equation.

Posted by Richard at January 26, 2006 9:44 AM

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