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Secure and Speedy Methods to Authenticate People

Each person possesses a unique character and quality. With the advancement in technology, microscopic details can be analysed and scanned which are biometrics of a person enabling a secure and speedy method to authenticate people.

Biometric identification refers to uniquely identifying people based on their distinguishing traits. People now mostly need a fingerprint or facial scan to access many systems including their smartphones. Such biometrics include iris and retina pattern,  voice recognition, hand, and veins networking pattern, earlobes and even DNA. 

Biometrics offers a secure and user-friendly option than passwords and PINs for authentication. Passwords are hard to remember causing friction for the customers leading to unsafe practices and security vulnerabilities.

Biometric verification provides enhanced security, improves adoption and reduces risk. The use of biometrics for identity verification is expanding on multiple fronts such as mobile payment. Revealed that 1.5 billion people will use mobile biometric software by 2023. A fingerprint scan is the most widely used input for mobile biometrics payments. 

Biometric Technology: A Need for Digital Age

The digital age has enabled online businesses to create better business opportunities, reach an unprecedented amount of target audience and last but not least, it has helped online businesses to adopt fraud prevention measures that are highly effective. Biometric verification is one such benefit of the current digital age as it can help online businesses to verify the identity of customers in real-time. 

For years, biometric verification was synonymous with fingerprint scanners but it also meant that the cost of installing such a system was not just for the software application but the hardware installation as well.

But now with technologies like face recognition and liveness Ever since more and more traditional identity management systems are witnessing spoof attacks. To minimize the possibility of having break-in attempts, having an appropriate level of liveness detection is useful.

Implementation of liveness detection for the biometric verification process enhances it to reach its maximum potential. This technology builds greater client trust and paving a path of improved business-client exchange and relations. That is the reason biometric authentication is being adopted globally by businesses.

Advantages of Biometrics for Identity Verification:

 Biometrics has numerous advantages for all types of organisations and institutions. Physical biometrics, non-physical biometrics, and emotional biometrics are one of the trusted security and fraud prevention technologies used around the globe.

The use cases of biometrics are expanding and are expected to deliver more value in the future. In 2018, the global biometric system market revenue was 21.8 billion USD and is expected to grow even more by the coming few years. Biometrics are being utilised by many businesses for an array of operations.

Due to extreme precision in results and real-time results biometric technology has gained acclaim among industries. Face Recognition technology is no more a new thing, but they are a big thing due to a wide range of usage. There are a lot of perks of using biometric identity verification as biometrics are:

  • Universal: This technique uses human traits which are universal as they can be found in all human individuals.
  • Unique:   Biometric traits make it possible to differentiate one individual from the other. 
  • Permanent: These traits are permanent with a few exceptions that allow change over time. 
  • Recordable:  These can be recorded with or without the consent of the individual to have a database. 
  • Measurable: These allow for future comparison when stored in the database. 
  • Forgery-Proof: Face features and fingerprints are unique to every individual so there is no way to forge such a system that works on these biometrics for verification.



Thought provoking.

I'm not sure if "with or without the consent of the individual" is a selling point. It is also hard to think of something that is permanent and universal in people especially physical biometrics. Even DNA is not foolproof (bone marrow transplants, vanishing twin syndrome, etc).

Forgery-proof brings up images of old action movies where someone's eyeball or hand was removed and used on a scanner. *shudder*

Hi, Kat Warner. I agree with your point a lot, but one thing I don't understand is that what we've built to defend ourselves can become our downfall. I'm not sure if theft or fraudsters would hack this complicated system. And as far as I learn, this "facial recognition" is often used for business purposes so that it is not necessarily legitimate to find out about their customer or the individuals with whom they have a deal. So Laundering Anti-Money means avoiding AML.

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The Privacy Act in New Zealand has 12 principles. The twelfth principle specifically restricts the sharing of unique identifiers between organisations - both public and government. Biometrics stored in databases does not pass this test.

Unique identifiers (principle 12)

(1) An agency shall not assign a unique identifier to an individual unless the assignment of that identifier is necessary to enable the agency to carry out any one or more of its functions efficiently.

(2) An agency shall not assign to an individual a unique identifier that, to that agency's knowledge, has been assigned to that individual by another agency, unless those 2 agencies are associated persons within the meaning of section OD7 of the Income Tax Act 2004.

(3) An agency that assigns unique identifiers to individuals shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that unique identifiers are assigned only to individuals whose identity is clearly established.

(4) An agency shall not require an individual to disclose any unique identifier assigned to that individual unless the disclosure is for one of the purposes in connection with which that unique identifier was assigned or for a purpose that is directly related to one of those purposes.

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No doubt there will be 12 principle in New Zealand for their security concern but here I was talking about all over the word. Many countries had not these Principle and if some have may be they not follow these Principles.


First of all, thank you for showing interest in the content and sharing your insights. It is a fact that one topic can be addressed from several angles.

For Example deep fakes is one angle of facial biometrics. Deep-fakes are used to manipulate the truth. So does photoshopped images, doctored images, paper-backed images, and static image loops. All these can be captured through face verification. Face verification can identify deep fakes, although at times it does fail. But it doesn’t mean that this technology completely fails when it comes to deep fakes. Now that the motive behind the statement “they cannot steal a face” is clear, let’s see how face verification identifies deep fakes. Deep-fakes are like viruses an ever-changing thing. And facial biometrics are also based on AI an ever-evolving technology. Deep fakes use video loops or a legitimate video and fake audio. On the other hand facial biometric authentication systems use liveness detection and 3D depth perception to identify the real person. Hope it made things clear.

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