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Protecting Privacy in the Database Nation
In the right circumstances, data-mining technologies and "biometrics" -- such as voice prints, retina, iris and face scanners, digitized fingerprints, and even implantable chips -- can benefit us. That's because data-mining and biometrics, at least in principle, are about enhancing convenience, service, authentication, and individual security more than they are about invading privacy. Biometrics, for example, promises increased privacy and security by guarding against identity theft in our myriad marketplace transactions. We'll see their use in cell phones, laptops, car doors, doorknobs and office keys -- basically everywhere. They can increase security in online commerce, help locate a lost youngster, relay medical information to doctors, and much more.
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