|The Impact on Privacy from the Application of Biometrics|
|biometrics, information privacy, identity theft|
|After the 911 attack on the U.S., governments all over the world look for help
of technology to enforce the airport surveillance and to avoid terrorist attacks.
Biometrics compares the physiological or behavioral characteristics by computers
to identify a person. The use of biometrics in the control of public places and airports
can reduce the problem of identity theft. In private houses and companies,
the application of biometrics can accrue safety. Because the application of biometrics
requires the collections of fingerprints, irises or other personal information
alike, it’s important to protect personal information from disclosure or abuse.
In addition, the biometrics information can be used as an identifier because it is
difficult to change, the government may therefore use it to surveillance people’s
behavior through cross-linking all databases the government owns. In addition to
researching on the development of the biometrics technology and its impact on
privacy, this article argues that the use of biometrics is inevitable and the government
should assess the impact on privacy and set up the mechanism of supervision
to avoid possible abuses.