Tag Archives: Biometrics

Indian Slumdwellers Protest Biometric Scanning of Impersonators. I Think

By | March 30, 2006

Who says that privacy is only an issue in the First World? According to The Times of India residents of Palsora and Lal Bahadur Shastri colonies have demonstrated against “alleged irregularities in the biometric test, which is being carried out in the slum areas to check “impersonation at any level.” The problem, it seems, is that people have been impersonating… Read More »

Biometrics Close To The Bone

By | February 15, 2005

Further to my column about fingerprint biometric scanners (subscription only ), I’ve heard from  a company working on a different kind of biometric security: Via the bone. Last week, Mass.-based RSA Security Inc. (the guys who make the SecurID number tag, called ‘a two-factor user authentication system’ in the jargon) announced a joint research collaboration with Israel’s i-Mature, specialists… Read More »

More On Fingerprint Readers

By | February 5, 2005

This week’s WSJ.com/AWSJ column (subscription only, I’m afraid) is about biometric fingerprint readers. Microsoft’s new offering seems to have reinjected some vigour into an otherwise obscure corner of the market. As I say in the column, I’m not convinced that fingerprint scanners are the way to go, not least because of tested methods of fooling them, not least… Read More »

Fingerprint Readers And Baths

By | February 3, 2005

Something I’ve noticed about biometric fingerprint readers. They don’t work well after a bath. Why is that? Are our fingers different after a bath? I mean, they look different — all wrinkly, for one thing — but why does that mess up the fingerprint reader? I do my best thinking in the bath, and it’s getting frustrating to… Read More »