Today, Mexico became the first country to use iris scans for national identity cards. The program will begin by enrolling 28 million minors over a two-year period. Adults will be enrolled in 2013.
"The legal, technical and financial conditions are ready to start the process of issuing this identity document," Felipe Zamora, responsible for legal affairs at the Mexican Interior Ministry, told journalists.
Zamora said the documents, which includes the eye's image, fingerprints, a photo and signature, will be 99-percent reliable.
Not surprisingly, critics have spoken out against this initiative as a violation of privacy rights.