Government initiatives spur growth for biometrics

    Date23 Jul 2001
    CategoryGovernment
    3696
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Governments around the world are responding to consumer concerns about the confidentiality of their personal information that is being stored or transmitted by companies. By enacting strict privacy legislation, such as laws that guarantee confidentiality of health insurance records, governments intend . . . Governments around the world are responding to consumer concerns about the confidentiality of their personal information that is being stored or transmitted by companies. By enacting strict privacy legislation, such as laws that guarantee confidentiality of health insurance records, governments intend to hold companies accountable for all personal information they retain.

    As the demand for privacy safeguards grows, biometrics, which can offer high levels of protection against information and identity fraud, are expected to show impressive gains.

    Biometrics are automated techniques that are designed to verify or identify people by their physical characteristics. Various technologies for biometrics authentication include finger-scan, hand geometry, iris recognition, voice verification, face recognition, signature verification and retina recognition.

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