South Korea considering biometric security system to protect government buildings

Following a security breach earlier this month, the South Korean government is considering adopting a biometrics recognition system using fingerprints, faces or irises to protect government office buildings.

An individual was recently arrested for unauthorized entry into the government complex in central Seoul. According to the National Police Agency, he illegally entered the building a total of five times after he stole an identification card of a public official working in the building in February.

“After the incident, we are reviewing whether to adopt a biometric system using fingerprints, faces or irises to protect government office buildings,” Interior Minister Hong Yun-sik told reporters.

The minister said it is important to first solve any errors that may occur when using a biometrics recognition system. “If errors continue to occur, we cannot use it,” Hong said, underlining the significance of a stable system.

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