Frequently asked questions about biometric technology
Biometric identification uses automated methods of recognizing a person based on a physiological or behavioral characteristic, including face, fingerprint, hand geometry, handwriting, iris, retina and voice.
Why choose finger scanning for identification?
It’s fast, accurate, cost-effective and secure.
Can my fingerprint be shared with anyone else?
No. There are no fingerprint images stored. Only the encrypted numerical representations of fingerprints’ unique points are stored.
Do finger scanners spread germs?
According to a study by Purdue University in Indiana, biometric sensors are no dirtier than doorknobs.
Why use biometric technology in schools?
ID cards are regularly forgotten, lost, mutilated and shared. PINs are easily forgotten, swapped or stolen. Also, visual identification can fail. Biometric technology allows new standards of accountability to be put into place.
What about privacy concerns?
The Future of Privacy Forum and the Software & Information Industry Association have developed a Student Privacy Pledge that education service providers can sign to show their commitment to safeguarding student privacy .
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