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Iris Scans

The Homeland Security Department has announced programs using iris scan technology to create a database of biometric information. The Army and other governments have utilized the technology some, but scientists have doubts about this emerging technology.

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Forget Your Password? No Problem -- Here are 4 Body Parts That Could Authenticate Your Identity Online

September 8 The future of passwords is clear: it doesn’t involve passwords.

Disputed $103 Million DHS Employee Smartcard Project Falls Behind

June 25 Government attorneys reject latest protest pitting HP against contract winner XTec.

DHS Awards XTec Contested $103 Million Biometric ID Contract

March 1 After the company protested the original award to HP Enterprise Services the department reassessed all technology proposals.

DHS Taps Contractors to Continue Supplying Biometric IDs

February 19 Temporary move comes as department reevaluates $103 million award to HP for developing iris and facial recognition credentials.

HP Lands $103 Million DHS Employee ID Contract

October 2, 2013 Job involves upgrading computer and office access cards to support iris and facial recognition.

Iris Recognition Specs for DHS Employee IDs Are No Longer Hypothetical

July 15, 2013 NIST has finalized guidelines for exchanging eye images between cameras and card readers.

FBI to start querying national iris index this year

January 28, 2013 The bureau’s $1 billion biometric rolodex for tracking criminals is 65 percent complete.

FBI and DHS team up to nab border intruders with iris recognition

January 25, 2013 Feds to build upon controversial immigrant fingerprinting program with eye pattern matching.

A passenger undergoes iris scanning at Boston's Logan Airport during a test program.

Scientists question accuracy of iris scanners over time

July 16, 2012 Findings could prompt agencies to use other biometric technologies.

Feds significantly expand the use of iris-recognition technology

July 13, 2012 Biometric data to be used to catch criminals, verify identities of government employees and possibly travelers.

Afghan police patrol mountains outside Kabul.

Biometrics blossom in Afghanistan

July 9, 2012 U.S. and Afghan governments have built a digital database with 2.5 million entries.

Eye on crime: The FBI is building a database of iris scans

June 27, 2012 The bureau is tapping into the proliferation of biometric data state and local law enforcement agencies are collecting.