The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are partnering to use iris scanning technology at border stations in identifying potential trespassers, Nextgov reports.
Aliya Sternstein writes biometric databases at both DHS and the FBI must be compatible under law.
DHS’ Secure Communities program has border agents cross-check foreigners’ prints against prints in the FBI’s biometric database.
FBI officials told Nextgov the bureau only has irises from individuals that law enforcement has come into contact with.
According to Nextgov, the FBI is collecting iris scans from state and local prisons, which wardens use to track inmates and DHS is increasing tests of iris recognition technology at border stations.