Monday, May 23, 2005, 3:21 PM

The Life and Limb Problem

I had earlier written about the three problems with using biometrics as authenticators:
  • The Technology Problem
  • The Social Acceptability Problem
  • The Clonability Problem
I'm adding one more:
  • The Life and Limb Problem
This problem with biometrics became clear to me with a report by Jonathan Kent, Malaysia car thieves steal finger, on the BBC News. The problem with some (not all) biometric metrics is that we are measuring some aspect of a body part that is not (painlessly) detachable from the rest of the body. When identity theft is to be commited on systems with biometric locks, physical violence is a very real and possibly easiest option for the criminals.

1 Comment(s):

Blogger TRDG said...

Funny, that's what a young guy from RSA pointed out to me a few years ago -- identity theft of a biometric may be hard, but it's pretty hard to erase and replace ;)

12:41 PM  

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