Bring on the biometrics

This may seem to be a strange headline from a privacy advocate - but biometrics and privacy are not mutually exclusive concepts. I believe passwords and PIN numbers must be replaced with biometrics. It is virtually impossible to create and remember effective passwords. Using biometrics does not mean there needs to be databases containing biometric information - that would be just asking for problems - and raises the whole big brother issue.

Privacy zealots often use privacy as a full stop reason not to do certain things or use certain technologies (biometrics, RFID...). Privacy is not a cause to be blindly followed. It is an important principle that needs to be addressed - but most things can be designed to function and protect privacy at the same time.

A newspaper article talks about how fingerprints are being used at ATM's in South America. We can't be left in a technology backwater because of this issue.

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