Leon, Mexico to use biometric scanners in ‘all aspects of life’

First it was CCTV surveillance, and now a Mexican security firm called Portoss is teaming up with biometrics manufacturer Global Rainmakers, Inc., to make the city of Leon in Guanajuato the most potentially oppressive in the world. The secure city initiative will provide “unparalleled iris identity fusion” by wrapping the city in miles of fiber optic cable, creating a central database that will contain of all convicted criminals (as well as any good citizens who wish to “opt in”), and a network of iris scanners. As you can imagine, the man in charge of selling this stuff — Global Rainmakers CDO Jeff Carter — is something of a “true believer.” Fast Company attributes the following quote to him: “Every person, place, and thing on this planet will be connected [to the iris system] within the next 10 years.” Great! There’s also this one: “If you’ve been convicted of a crime, in essence, this will act as a digital scarlet letter. If you’re a known shoplifter, for example, you won’t be able to go into a store without being flagged. For others, boarding a plane will be impossible.” And how about embittered bloggers? Will we be prevented from accessing the Internet to point out how unbelievably frightening this is? PR after the break.

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