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And this is at George Mason U, crazy. They have such a good econ/law department.
Is this legal? What the hell? That is some 1984 BS…
Yeah. Mason makes the most logical sense for me to go to post-NOVA, but this kind of stuff happens a lot and it’s beyond infuriating.
For the record though, they did respond to the outrage and made it optional, not mandatory.
False. I go here.
There are certain dining halls that absolutely cannot be entered without the iris scanner.
Really!? I thought that’s what I read online but there isn’t much info out there on this policy. Can you provide a link to where in Mason’s policy it says this is mandatory?
I dunno links, I just know that I go to certain buildings and am told that I cannot eat because I didn’t scan my eyes.
The Mason dining halls are the ones that you have to scan for. But the other stuff, like Subway, Chic-Fil-A, Taco Bell, Auntie Annie’s don’t require that you scan your eyes. I am sure that it’ll change, eventually, to include all dining places.
Okay, I dug a bit deeper.
Here’s the official policy. It states that they are mandatory for students using Anytime Dining (24 hour self service), but not for their other dining plans. However, incoming Freshman 2014 are required to purchase Anytime Dining. When you register and get your Mason ID, they scan your eye and generate a number for you that correlates to your iris pattern, which the scanners pick up once your eye is scanned for entry to the dining halls.
So, the tech is actually pretty cool, and Mason states that they do not actually store photos of your eyes, nor can the generated number be reverse engineered to find out if it is your eye.
My problem here though is that it is MANDATORY for Freshman, as if they are starting the foundations of a catalog. Also, I don’t buy that “only for Mason” and “can’t be reverse engineered” bit. Hackers or a corrupt employee could easily take advantage of this. The EEF.org covers the possibility of reverse engineering an iris and “stealing” someone’s identity here. While the chances of someone doing that at a university seem slim, the article does point out that if the iris pattern is stolen to create a copy, it is not easy to get a new iris like it is a social security number. If you’re into that sort of thing. Wikipedia also has a brief section on the shortcomings of iris based biometrics.
Thanks but no thanks, as long as I can opt out, I will opt out. I didn’t plan on buying much of a meal plan if I go there anyway.
But thanks to OP for drawing attention to this! I hope your prediction about it including all dining halls isn’t accurate though!