Privacy row over FBI iris scan database

The FBI has collected nearly 430,000 iris scans over the past three years, an investigation by technology website The Verge, has revealed.

Privacy International said it was “deeply concerning” that hundreds of thousands of iris scans were being added to a database without public debate, proper safeguards “or even awareness that such data has been taken and is being stored”.

“If our biometric data is to be collected at all, such systems should not be introduced or continued before a public debate, strong legal frameworks, and strict safeguards are in place,” the organisation told the BBC.

Link: Radio New Zealand