Nov 152009
 November 15, 2009  Posted by  Misc, Non-U.S.

Jared Yee reports:

Collecting biometric information could put civil liberties and privacy at risk, despite considerable benefits, says the Irish Council for Bioethics (ICB).

In its report, “Biometrics: Enhancing Security or Invading Privacy?”, the ICB explores privacy concerns stemming from the growing use of biometric technologies to counter identity theft.

The technologies reviewed in the report include the familiar ones of fingerprint, palmprint, facial, vein pattern and voice recognition, plus newer technologies like gait (style of walking), keystroke dynamics and DNA. These are a “a more robust confirmation of a person’s identity” than PIN numbers and ID cards.

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The report is available here (pdf).

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