This is a good article very plainly stating why the US is the last to get biometric cell phones. Of course it's expected that we are always the last to adapt to any new technology, but this particular instance is also being hendered by the providers. Here, they select what features they want to offer and directly determine what the manufacturers produce for us. In Asia, the consumers buy from the manufacturers. Biometric cell phones on slow track to US market.
There are apparently so many privacy issues for 2005, they had to pick the top five. As much as this topic is relevant to biometric technology, three pages deep this article is and only mentions it in this one paragraph:
Findings from the Ponemon Institute 2004 Survey on the Public's Perception of
Identity Management, sponsored by the International Association of Privacy
Professionals and Electronic Data Systems Corp., support the use of biometrics
for identity management. More than 70% of respondents said they could accept
certain kinds of biometrics, such as a voice recognition or fingerprinting
system. The No. 1 reason is convenience. More than 88% of respondents believe
biometrics will make identification more convenient and accurate. Among those
opposed to biometrics (11%), most appear concerned about secondary or
alternative uses of this data.
Even I'm not exactly sure how this would work - a car that senses your moods, and adjusts things such as lighting accordingly through biometric data. I think it's safe to say this is one of those concept cars that will never see production.
Whaddya know, the smart gun works. They tested the gun they were working on at NJIT, and it's going as planned. Dynamic grip recognition is like hand geometry, except when you grip something, it will identify you, and there's no extra step in-between that needs to be added. They hope to deploy the technology in other places, like for steering wheels.
I personally believe there aren't enough humorous biometric blogs around, so I thought I'd go first. Really, who said you can't have humor while talking about security? Okay yeah, airport security sure, but name another one!! Anyways, if you saw Dave Letterman last night you can skip this post. This was his Top 10 list - Top 10 Ways to Improve the Department of Homeland Security:
Instruct airport screeners to hit everyone in the nuts.
There's a freeview of Biometric Digest's December newsletter that is available. A lot of the articles have already been addressed here in previous posts, but there are some things you might find interesting, such as:
Password overload syndrome
15th CardTech/SecureTech Conference
Startup says it can merge RFID payment with biometrics
Wondering what's happening with gait biometrics? This is the technology that can use regular video cameras, and identify you based on how you walk. It's not talked about as much because there are more privacy issues relating to a technology that can label you without even knowing it. Unlike fingerprint, you don't have to consciously do something in order to have it identify you. Therefore research and advancements have been hindered because of protests that use of such recognition could be invasive. But for those exact reasons is why we should consider its applications. At times that may become necessary.
Nixon has conducted extensive research on the use of gait as a biometric. Its advantage is that it is effective at a distance or where only low image resolution footage is available, as with CCTV cameras. Nixon worked with other researchers in the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's HumanID at a Distance project until the scheme was canned "because of US privacy concerns".