Privacy4Patriots Concerned about Florida School District’s Scanning of Students’ Eyes Without Parental Consent

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A school district in Polk County, Fla., conducted iris scans of students at three schools on 17 school buses over three days without receiving the consent of the children’s parents. Privacy4Patriots stands against such actions and applauds the parents who succeeded in halting the process through their complaints.

Eye scans aren’t the only way to learn where people are and what they’re doing.

According to The Ledger newspaper, a school district in Polk County, Fla., conducted a program May 22-24, 2013, in which students had their eyes scanned as they boarded and disembarked from 17 buses.

The school district hired Stanley Convergent Security Solutions to conduct the scans as part of a pilot program targeting students riding buses to and from three of its 130 schools. Parents were not notified in advance of this program, and a number of them voiced complaints prior to the district halting the scans.

One parent called it an “invasion of my family’s Constitutional right to privacy,” while another asked why they weren’t notified about a process that was “acquiring extremely personal information about minors.”

Privacy4Patriots, the publisher of an upcoming report on how to protect one’s privacy, is very interested in helping U.S. citizens maintain their rights to privacy. The company applauds the students’ parents for voicing their complaints about the situation.

Eye scans aren’t the only way to learn where people are and what they’re doing. Hackers can learn a lot about people by hacking into their emails, but encryption can go a long way toward making sure that private emails are seen only by the intended recipients. PC World magazine recommends the following:

  • Encrypt the connection from the email provider. When checking email with a Web browser, make sure that Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) encryption is active. This can be done simply by making sure that the URL begins with “https” rather than “http.”
  • Encrypt actual email messages. Either use encryption features that have been built into the email service or download encryption software. There are also Web-based encryption services.
  • Encrypt stored, cached or archived email messages. When using an email client or app on a computer or mobile device, ensure that stored data is encrypted in case the device is lost or stolen. Methods will vary depending on a variety of factors.

Check out this Power4Patriots blog post to learn a way that people are being spied on every day.

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