DHS security system uses Wii technology, raises privacy concerns

A new security technology under development by the Department of Homeland Security uses a Nintendo Wii Fit board to screen for potentially dangerous individuals.

The $20 million trial program called Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST) combines an eye-tracking device that gauges abnormal pupil sizes; a laser radar that reads the person’s heart and respiration rate; and a thermal camera that can pick up changes in skin’s temperature, all while the person stands on a Wii Fit balance board.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is skeptical of the FAST program, saying that he has “real concerns” that it could violate a person’s privacy more than it could benefit the threat-detection community.

DHS said it has done everything to ensure that personal privacy rights are respected, and no identifying information is stored.

For more details on this pretty fascinating technology--and the privacy implications it presents--take a look at the story my colleague Jordy Yager wrote over the weekend.