Sneaking Student Eye Scans
Eagle Forum – September 2013
Parents in Polk County, Florida schools are outraged because students’ eyes were scanned to track bus riding without parental permission or knowledge. The Polk County Schools interim superintendent didn’t learn about the program until eye scanning was underway. Biometric information gained from iris scanning is as individual as fingerprints.
A contract approving iris scanning was supposed to be signed by the superintendent before scanning began. Parents would then be notified about the scanning and told to contact the school principal if they did not want their children to participate.
Stanley Convergent Security Solutions technicians showed up prematurely at schools and 750 students’ eyes were scanned, without a signed contract or any parental approval. The company and school district officials told furious parents that the scans would be destroyed. “Some parents, however, aren’t appeased. They cite an Internet age maxim: Nothing can be deleted completely.” (TheLakelandLedger.com, 6-14-13)