It’s predictable that the U.S. government, not leaving anything to chance, used DNA to identify Osama Bin Laden’s body. What is more than a little creepy, is that they matched his DNA to that of his sister, who died several years ago of brain cancer, and whose brain the FBI has kept in its hall of brains since then.
Biometrics, harrumph. Meet eyeometrics — a new system that tracks not the shape, but the unique movement patterns of your eyes, for simpler, more reliable security.
The system, designed by Israeli firm ID-U Biometrics, tracks the way a user's eye moves as he or she watches an icon move across a screen. The eye twitches and roams in about a dozen different ways, yielding a unique eye signature. The way your eyes move can be different every time you look at something, but just like handwriting, every person has consistent patterns and trajectories.
Collecting fingerprints and other biometric data has long allowed law enforcement and the military alike to track down wanted individuals, solve cases, or just keep tabs on people. Now what was a U.S. government task force under the U.S. Army has officially become a full-scale national security agency in charge of biometrics, according to the Secrecy News blog run by the Federation of American Scientists.