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Biometrics: Ethical and Privacy Issues

February 28, 2016

Introduction For those curious to know what biometrics is and its purpose in society, allow me to inform you; biometrics can be defined as “the measurement and analysis of unique physical or behavioral characteristics especially as a means of verifying personal identity” (Merriam Webster). Its purpose is to clarify an individual’s identity to employers as well as the government including: their citizenship, race, and physical characteristics; all verifying that the person you claim to be, is really you. Biometrics plays a district role in our society both in reality and online; I will highlight the advantages and disadvantages, its ethical issues, and privacy concerns that arise from the ongoing battle of keeping ones identity private.
Advantages and Disadvantages In today’s society there are many aspects of biometrics that contribute to businesses of all kinds leading to a positive outcome as well as preventing a greater threat from occurring. For example, First Bank has a variety of branch locations streaming down the east coast, there use of biometrics in security, allowing branch employees to sign into their workstations with the simple use of their fingerprint. By this course of action all employees signing into their account have “credentials that follow them no matter where they are working in the branch” (First Bank Partners).

References
Retrieved February 23, 2016, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biometrics
PR, N. (2014, December 3). First Bank Partners with Crossmatch to Increase Log In Security. PR Newswire US.
Weinberg, J. T. (2016). Biometric Identity. Communications Of The ACM, 59(1), 30-32.…...

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