Biometric security has always been a theme in spy movies...until now. Can you imagine instead of swiping a badge, leaving your fingerprint?
Biometric verification refers to the method of identifying someone through unique biological traits - fingerprints, iris, voice patterns, etc.
The benefits of using biometric security are automation, convenience, and heightened security. The convenience comes from not having to carry identification cards. Furthermore, biometric security eliminates the risk of stolen identity.
There has been an increase in the number of companies using biometric security in past years because the technology has advanced tremendously. There were many issues in the preliminary stages that made it unreliable and in turn turned companies away. However, now the biometric industry claims that these issues have been fixed and security has improved. Furthermore, biometric products have become more affordable. Moreover, it is now possible to install biometric readers on laptops and other devices.
In the UK, for example, safety regulations are becoming very strict and using biometric devices can protect the employee by providing critical information such as whether the employee is actually qualified for the job.
However, there are many who still do not trust this type of technology. A major reason is that people feel it is an invasion of privacy. Using biometric security involves collecting personal data from staff and many employees feel suspicious of the intentions behind it. In France, for example, the national data protection regulator has to approve any use of biometric technology.
There is no doubt that technology has reached new levels that so far have only been movie themes. However, what does this mean for employment? Is technology going to replace human security?