An Introduction to Biometrics

A film spotlighting the aspects of biometrics.


Biometrics is the science and technology of measuring and analyzing biological data. It is used to uniquely identify individuals by their physical characteristics or personal behavior traits. It is used to allow employees access to certain areas and for general ID purposes. A biometrics system goes through three basic steps: 1. Acquiring data, 2. Encryption. 3. Analysis of data.

There are legal issues in the United States to consider when using a biometrics system in the employment setting.  Some of these considerations include the First and Fourth and Fifth Amendments, civil claims such as negligence and breach of contract, and tort claims such as invasion of privacy.  (This is by no means a complete list of all the claims that may be asserted by someone who asserts damages that resulted from the use of biometrics.  It is also important to understand that there is not much case law yet regarding the use of biometrics).

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