Big Brother In Academia-Iris Scanners Coming To College Campuses

Posted: August 16, 2015 in Big Brother, Spy Tech
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Iris Scanners Are Coming To College Campuses

Michael Krieger | Aug 16, 2015

Last week, I highlighted a couple of articles to hammer home just how fast technology seems to be invading our every day lives, whether we like it or not. In case you missed them, I suggest taking a read now:

Turning Humans Into Algos – The Trend of Employees Wearing “Biosensing Wearable Devices” at Work

“Minority Report”-esque Big Brother Billboards are Coming to England

Today’s article related to iris scanners and their increased popularity on college campuses.

Virginia Commonwealth University is the latest school to roll out these entirely unnecessary and creepy devices, following the lead of George Mason University and University of New Hampshire.

The Huffington Post covered the story recent, here are some excerpts:

Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond is the latest institution to jump aboard the biometrics bandwagon.

On Wednesday, the school announced it had added two iris cameras to the campus dining hall so that students can use their eyes instead of their ID for access.

“Students won’t need their ID to enter the dining center anymore,” Stephen Barr, VCU director of campus services, said in a statement Thursday.

“With iris identification, it’s as simple as a camera taking a picture of their eyes and two seconds later they walk through.”

Schools like George Mason University and University of New Hampshire already have iris scanning technology, which at GMU reportedly costs about $1,500 a scanner.

VCU students weighing in on the school’s official Facebook page voiced concerns over the iris scanning system, calling it “creep and unnecessary” and likening it to fingerprinting the entire student body.

VCU’s iris cameras identify some 220 unique points in a user’s iris and then generate a number associated that individual student’s meal plan.

Yep, become a debt slave for life and in return school officials will scan your eyeballs and treat you like a prisoner.

Sounds like a great deal.


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