‘Big Brother’ increasing its reach as FBI has quietly gathered 400,000 Iris Scans

The FBI has quietly been collecting iris scans from 434,000 people over the last three years during a “pilot program” involving multiple police departments, the Pentagon and U.S. border patrol, according to a report published Tuesday on The Verge. The project, which was launched in September 2013, has seen the FBI collaborate with agencies in Texas, Missouri and California, according to documents obtained by the site.

In California, the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino have contributed scans, with the latter’s sheriff’s department harvesting more than 200,000 scans alone. An average of 189 iris scans were collected every day at the start of 2016.

Source: The FBI has quietly gathered 400,000 iris scans

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