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Ethical Issues Associated with Biometric Technologies

Ethical Issues Associated with Biometric Technologies
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Author(s): Mensur Cehic (Monash University, Australia) and Marian Quigley (Monash University, Australia)
Copyright: 2005
Pages: 4
Source title: Managing Modern Organizations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-822-2.ch132

Abstract

This paper examines the benefits and ethical dilemmas associated with the implementation of biometric technologies for security purposes. Generally regarded as a highly accurate and effective means of controlling access to areas of high security, the technology still contains flaws and allows a small but significant margin of error. At a time when governments and organisations are calling for stringent measures to combat threats of global terrorism and the increasing incidences of identity fraud, members of the general public are expressing genuine concern at what they perceive as the threat to individual privacy posed by the increased use of surveillance and identification technologies. The paper argues that a revision of existing laws along with the establishment of a sound ethical framework should take precedence. In particular, the paper addresses the necessary abolishment of ambiguity issues surrounding biometric data with reference to definitions of personal/sensitive data. Such a process would allay public concerns and enable the acceptance and successful implementation of this innovative technology.

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