Wednesday July 13, 2016

FBI Pilot Program Has Collected 430,000 Iris Scans

I'm confused. What exactly is the benefit of collecting iris scans of almost a half a million arrestees? What makes an iris scan more useful that a full set of fingerprints?

In the early months of 2016, the department was collecting an average of 189 iris scans each day. San Bernardino’s activity is part of a larger pilot program organized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, one that began as a simple test of available technology but has quietly grown into something far more ambitious. Since its launch in 2013, the program has stockpiled iris scans from 434,000 arrestees, an FBI spokesperson confirmed.