In a brave new world there needs to be an understanding that we will begin to encounter technology that, while making life manifestly easier, could also be a devil’s bargain. Technology is moving faster than most of us can figure it out, and it’s time we begin to understand that the ethics questions that were based on supposition are now becoming very important. What do we do with this technology? Do we assimilate it into culture and join the brave new world where government and corporations can learn all they need to know about us at the push of a button? Or do we fight the system and demand that while technology may advance, a barrier must be built between our persons and that technology, because the possible negative effects greatly outweigh all of the potential benefits.

These questions aren’t the kind of thing you can put off thinking about, friends. In fact, while the idea of collection of biometric data has been in our collective conscience for many years thanks to the imaginations of brilliant science fiction authors, today the idea is no longer science fiction.

One Florida school district is now in hot water for simply bypassing any conversation on biometric data collection and just taking their students’ information. In Polk County Florida, the school district captured the retinal scan images of about 750 students without first gaining the parents’ consent. In fact, parents were told that participation was not mandatory, but this was after their children’s retinas had already been scanned. Now the school district is apologizing, but local parents don’t seem to be buying their excuses:

“But Connie Turlington, the parent of an 11-year-old boy who was scanned at the Davenport School of the Arts, said the mistake was hardly a mistake. “It sounds like a simple case of it’s better to ask forgiveness than permission,” she said, Fox News reported.”

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