Linked by David Adams on Wed 16th Nov 2011 18:53 UTC, submitted by HAL2001
Privacy, Security, Encryption DigitalPersona has open sourced its new MINEX-certified FingerJetFX fingerprint feature extraction technology. FingerJetFX, Open Source Edition (OSE), is free, portable software that device manufacturers and application developers can use to convert bulky fingerprint images into small, mathematical representations called fingerprint "templates" for efficient storage or comparison.
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Biometrics are over-used
by benali72 on Wed 16th Nov 2011 19:22 UTC
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In the US it's only a matter of time before everybody wants your fingerprint. McDonald's uses them for employee check-in; my local library uses them for PC access. They always tell you it's ok because they mathematically convert it into "templates."

But what happens when a company looses your fingerprint template or allows it to be stolen? Are they going to give you a new finger?

As always, the individual pays the price, while the company skips away from any responsibility.

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