Army Biometric Applications: Identifying and Addressing by John D. Woodward, Katherine W. Webb, Elaine M. Newton,

By John D. Woodward, Katherine W. Webb, Elaine M. Newton, Melissa Bradley, David Rubenson

Each human possesses multiple almost infallible type of id. referred to as biometrics, examples comprise fingerprints, iris and retinal scans, hand geometry, and different measures of actual features and private features. Advances in desktops and similar applied sciences have made this a hugely computerized technique by which acceptance happens nearly instantly. With drawback approximately its info coverage platforms and actual entry regulate expanding, the military has undertaken an review of the way it may use biometrics to enhance safety, potency, and comfort.

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FMR and FNMR are application-neutral terms to describe the matching process between a live sample and a biometric template. Identification applications require a highly robust and distinctive biometric, otherwise the error rates falsely matching and nonmatching users’ samples against templates breaches security and inhibits convenience. ) or other types of “wolves in sheep’s clothing” must use an identification application. Other types of applications may require a verification application. In many ways, deciding whether to use verification or identification requires a balance between the end-user’s needs for security and convenience.

43–44). However, among the voluntary private sector programs we reviewed that used fingerprints (see Appendix B), no program managers cited this stigma as a concern among participants. Stigmatization may be more of an issue for participants in mandatory programs, such as those the Army would implement, as well as biometric applications that have been implemented by state departments of social services. The program managers we spoke with, however, indicated that these objections were easily overcome through education about the protections that would be in place on using and safeguarding biometric data.

26 Army Biometric Applications others. . In short, reliable universal identifiers—especially biometric ones—could go a long way toward ensuring that people are secure in their identity, thereby allowing others to trust that they are who they claim to be. , the rogue employee. Without proper safeguards, files could be misappropriated and transactions could be performed using other people’s identities. Physical Privacy The use of biometrics may raise physical privacy concerns. These concerns are threefold: the stigma associated with some biometrics, such as fingerprints; the possibility of actual harm to the participants by the technology itself; and the concern that the devices used to obtain or “read” the biometric may be unhygienic.

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