The Other Side of Privacy: Protecting Information with Biometrics

The industry is recovering from initial biometrics privacy scares and saying loud and clear that biometric technology does not endanger personal information; it protects it.


A Boom on the Way
At ISC West in April, the majority of access control and information technology protection exhibitors displayed biometric access and authentication hardware in their product offerings. Technology for reading practically every biometric—fingerprint, vein, iris, hand geometry, face, voice and signature—was on display. Clearly the industry is recovering from initial biometrics privacy scares and saying loud and clear that biometric technology does not endanger personal information; it protects it.

Dick Zunkel is a technical editor and frequent contributing writer to ST&D. He has been involved with biometrics since 1992 and has written many articles on the subject.