Biometrics – data as precious as you are

Are you and your children being persuaded to part with data which is irreplaceable? I suspect so. Biometrics are pieces of data based on your body, and if they are lost, hacked from a database or otherwise misused they cannot ever be replaced. In fact once your biological identity is damaged in this way, you may find yourself on the outside of society, looking in. It’s a serious matter indeed. The more these are used, the more likely this is to happen.

What are biometrics? They are things like fingerprints, iris scans and DNA. Do you use your finger print to secure your mobile phone or computer? I bet your children are using their fingerprints to obtain school lunches or school entry permission. We’ve been told this is ‘necessary’ for ‘security’, but is it? And is it safe? Not for you – not for your security.

Ben Franklin

Governments are notorious for having their databases hacked into – that is to say illegally entered by someone who can breach database security. Once a government has your finger prints, or once they have been placed on an old iPhone and discarded or recycled – that data can be breached and could be used to fake your identity.

I don’t want to worry you, but frankly you ought to be worried, because computer systems are almost impossible to secure from this kind of attack, and data obtained that way could be used to obtain documents, like a VISA for instance, which you then yourself would be unable to obtain.

What’s the answer. We need to consider our biometrics as sacrosanct. We can deal with lost PIN numbers, we can change a bank account, or bank card, we can replace a stolen passport, but we CANNOT replace our finger prints, our DNA, our irises! We should refuse access to biometrics for ANY reason – and certainly stop immediately from using them for computer security – once that computer breaks down and is sent for recycling, the data can and may well be hacked to obtain any ID data and use it illegally.

Say no to biometrics.

Are you using biometrics at work, or home? How about your children – are they using them at school? Please share your experience, and leave a comment.

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin, your voice coach


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