State of Biometrics Report 2021: Commercial use of biometrics

There has been a lot of focus in recent years on government use of biometrics. However, the technology is becoming more prevalent across all areas of society. Private businesses and private citizens now have access to biometric capabilities and large biometric datasets.

What should be done to prepare us for a world where anyone can take any footage from anywhere, and run it against massive databases to identify everyone? What does that mean for your social media profile, for attending a televised sporting event, and for being in a society where technology is everywhere, and everyone is carrying – or wearing – a camera?

Privacy as we know it may look very different in the future and the Institute will closely engage in discussions on this issue.

This chapter of the State of Biometrics Report considers the benefits and risks of biometrics in the private sector.

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