About the need to protect Biometric Data

An article stating the need to protect biometric data appeared in the IEEE spectrum magazine. Not a lot of new information, a good summary of the threats as biometrics are being used more and more as authenticators.


Medical Identity Theft

If you are already scared of ID thieves getting your financial information,  prepare to panic about this:

Medical identity theft is a growing issue in North America and growing even larger in a recession where pinching pennies can mean pinching someone else’s identity to get access to health care services, prescription drugs, elective surgery and dental care.

“Stolen patient identities not only create a financial problem for the victim; the corruption of the individual’s medical history could prove lethal in a medical emergency,” says Darin Johnson, vice-president of marketing for HealthCare Insight, based in South Jordan, Utah.

Read the whole article here.

Also: A crime that does pay, Better safeguards in the cards

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Odorprint coming soon to a Multifactor Authentication system near you.

Body odor may become the next frontier among the biometric factors useful for authentication, says a recent press release by the Monell Chemical Senses Center

“The findings using this animal model support the proposition that body odors provide a consistent ‘odorprint’ analogous to a fingerprint or DNA sample,” said Gary Beauchamp, PhD, a behavioral biologist at Monell and one of the paper’s senior authors. “This distinctive odor can be detected using either an animal’s nose or chemical instruments.”
“These findings indicate that biologically-based odorprints, like fingerprints, could be a reliable way to identify individuals. If this can be shown to be the case for humans, it opens the possibility that devices can be developed to detect individual odorprints in humans,” said lead author Jae Kwak, PhD, a Monell chemist.

Electronic smell sensors have been available for some time now.