Security

Biometrics Applications: Technology, Ethics, and Health Hazards

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Executive Summary

Biometrics is the science and technology of measuring and analyzing biological data for authentication purposes. Among the features measured are DNA, face, fingerprints, eye retinas and irises, hand geometry, handwriting, veins, and voice. Biometrics has fast emerged as a promising technology for authentication and has already found a place in most hi-tech security areas. Biometric technologies are becoming the foundation of an extensive array of highly secure identification and personal verification solutions. As the level of security breaches and transaction fraud increases, the need for highly secure identification and personal verification technologies is becoming apparent. Biometric-based solutions are able to provide for confidential financial transactions and personal data privacy.

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