In a major move towards biometric registration of its citizens, the Mexican government has begun a project that will see the iris and fingerprint data collected from all children in the state of Guanajuato, according to a Singularity Hub article.
The new collections are coming off the end of a program that began in September 2010 and saw iris data collected from all the citizens of the city of Leon in Mexico.
While nothing beyond simple identification programs have been announced in association with the recent collection of data, many Mexican citizens are getting up in arms over the potential breach of privacy and fears of a centralized government having too much control over individuals in the country.
Others, however, are seeing it as a unique new tool to fight against the rise of kidnappings in the state as iris recognition could prove beyond a doubt if a child is who the adult they are with is claiming him to be.
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