Privacy in a biometric world

February 12, 2018 - 

More people are using their biometrics every day to unlock their phones, access bank accounts, and secure data. The problem is, as this technology becomes more popular, some people, and companies, are using it without a second thought to privacy. In a world where our photos are accessible online for nearly anyone to access, are we really comfortable using our face to secure our bank account?

Financial institutions are actually leading the charge for biometric authentication when it comes to security, embracing biometric platforms that utilize advanced techniques to protect your data and prevent unauthorized access. That’s not the only privacy concern we should have, though.

If the right platform isn’t being deployed, there isn’t much to stop your bank from accessing the face images you use to unlock your account, and they aren’t the only ones. Biometric systems being deployed in business, government, law enforcement, and beyond need protection against surreptitious cross-linking of data across applications or gleaning personal information about an individual from the data.

No one wants their bank to assess their personal health from the image they use to unlock their banking app. This is why privacy-enhancing biometric templates will play an essential role in biometric authentication platforms of the future.

Join me and Professor Arun Ross from MSU on March 15th, 11 am EST, for our webinar “Privacy in a Biometric World.” We’ll discuss how organizations could abuse biometric data to learn information about customers, methods for modifying biometric data so that private information cannot be gleaned from it, and methods for assessing the degree of privacy needed in any biometric system deployment.

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About Asem Othman

Dr. Asem Othman has more than seven years as a researcher and developer in the biometrics space. During his doctorate research at West Virginia University, he developed a system of protecting and storing biometric templates using visual cryptography, which Veridium uses today in it's VeridiumID solution. Dr. Othman performed his postdoctoral research at Michigan State University before joining the Computer Vision team at Veridium and leading development on their 4 Fingers TouchlessID technology. Dr. Othman holds 3 patents/patents pending, and has published a variety of journal articles, conference papers, and key research entries.