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    Washington Post: The biometrics revolution is already here

    The Washington Post rounds up news on the increasing use of biometrics in everyday life and its implications for individual privacy:

    The future is here, and it’s biometric identification: You will soon be able to unlock the most recent iPad model with your fingerprint; banks are reportedly capturing voice imprints to catch telephone fraud; and the FBI’s facial recognition database is at “full operational capacity” (although it still pales in comparison to Facebook’s database).

    But while these technologies are already influencing consumers’ lives, it’s not clear that everyone understands the long-term implications of widespread biometric use, experts say. […]

    Biometric markers area also immutable, unlike other forms of digital verification techniques. “You can change your password, but you can’t change your face or your fingerprints without going through an awful lot of trouble,” Bedoya explains.

    To make matters worse, Bedoya says, most biometrics are also inherently public. “The only people who know my passwords are people who I tell them to and in some cases the services I am accessing,” he says. “But I leave my fingerprints on everything I touch, and my face shows up on every camera I pass and my Facebook profile.” […]

    Just walking around outside and participating in society could leave some biometric markers open to collection, Bedoya says, raising significant privacy concerns as the technology to track these markers from afar advances.

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