Emilio Mordini: The Biometric Nightmare

Two major events have left a mark on 2015. The first has been 11/13 attack in Paris. In the immediate aftermath, most French and European politicians have called for a more extensive use of biometrics.  When politicians want to show their determination to fight terrorists, they unavoidably include biometrics in their to-do lists. The evidence that most attacks, including the last in Paris, have been carried out by people who did not conceal their identities, seems totally immaterial to them.

People involved in biometrics sneer a bit, but they are actually happy, because the security market is highly profitable. Yet, security is a distorting driver. At the end, the security model runs the risk to be fatal to biometrics.

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