Are Biometrics Actually Proof Positive It’s Really You?

Biometric verification is a process of identity authentication that is used to confirm identity through uniquely detectable biological traits and may be an effective tool in the war on crime. Television shows likeCSI” and “NCIS” employ biometric ID methods to access fingerprints, facial recognition, voice patterns, and retinal scans. But how useful is biometric identification in combating identity theft?

Although technology has been a scapegoat for many identity thefts, in many ways technology has provided some of the most solid defenses against the rising tide of identity theft. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags, data encryption, and similar high-tech innovations have gone a long way to securing personal information. The federal government is even considering using biometric ID cards to combat illegal immigration. In fact, it’s easy to make the argument that the problem isn’t in the technology, but in our lack of interest in protecting personal information because biometric ID use is not as widespread as it possibly could be.

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