Biometric Identification, Can We Rely On It In Australia?

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We live in a world where technology advances everyday. Due to this there are increasing numbers of identity theft. People are finding new ways to steal other peoples' credit card details, social security numbers and many others. Biometric identification will not reduce the number of identity theft in Australia. It's an invasion of privacy to users, there's still a chance that your identity could be stolen, and a physical identity is almost irreplaceable."Biometrics -- the science of verifying identity through unique physical characteristics such as your face, the geometry of your hand, your fingerprints, the patterns in your eyes or even your voice, signature or the way you touch the keyboard -- is no longer the sole domain of spy thrillers." (Winter. C, 2000). This means that it records human physical data on a digital format. The biometric data that is recorded is unique to every single person in the world. No-one will ever have the same biometric data as you, unless it's stolen. This just means that more will have to be done if someone's identity is stolen.Many people believe that by using biometric technology, to identify themselves, is an invasion of their privacy. People don't know how many people have access to their personal information. People feel as if they have been lessened in society, because currently governments and their prisons mainly use biometrics to keep track of their prisoners. This is why people feel they have been put down in society because the government wants to take their identity from them and keep track of them. It makes them feel as if even their own homes are now a room in a very large prison. Little Brother (the public) being constantly under watch by Big Brother (the government). People do not want the government constantly watching over them. People don't want their freedoms restricted otherwise its not freedom at all.Face recognition is a form of biometric identification that has been suggested. Face recognition goes through a long process to bring up a match and sometimes it isn't even a correct identification. Face recognition goes through a three-step process of: scanning facial features, comparing it against the database, and then to display the possible matches. It finds the distant between the eyes, length of the nose, the angle of your chin, the width of your mouth and many others. On top of that there's still a software glitch to do with thresholds. When the process is being run it assigns a value to each picture. For a picture said to be valid it must be higher than the 'threshold' value (a value set by the person using the software). For...

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