Biometrics for Identification: Significant Potential, But Risk of Uninformed Regulation

Biometrics for Identification: Significant Potential, But Risk of Uninformed Regulation

  • August 2020 •
  • 13 pages •
  • Report ID: 5953837 •
  • Format: PDF
This IDC Market Perspective examines biometrics for identification. Biometrics for identification are generally thought of as a euphemism for facial recognition. However, biometrics can involve the use of any physically or behavioral attribute to either identify or contribute to the identification of an individual. As such, there is a growing market for technology with which to sense these attributes, which can range from iris and retina mapping to fingerprint and even gait analysis. There are many exciting applications for biometric identification, including access management, retail commerce, health management, and even application and device authentication. However, recent concerns over the use to which biometrics might be applied has raised the concern of regulators and regulations. The industry needs to tread carefully to avoid regulatory overreach."Biometrics have the potential to significantly improve many aspects of daily life where the positive identification of an individual is either required or desired," says Mike Jude, research director for IDC's Video Surveillance and Vision Solutions practice. "Using Biometrics, rather than human examination of identification credentials, can streamline activities like access control, log-on authentication, and retail shopping. However, now that the public is becoming concerned over inappropriate uses of such technology, the industry will need to get involved to educate the public and lawmakers on the benefits of biometrics for identification."