Societal and Ethical Implications of Anti-Spoofing Technologies in Biometrics

TitleSocietal and Ethical Implications of Anti-Spoofing Technologies in Biometrics
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsRebera, AP, Bonfanti, ME, Venier, S
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Pagination155 - 169
Date Published3/2014
ISSN Number1471-5546
KeywordsBIOENGINEERING , COMPUTER science , Emerging Technologies , ENGINEERING , Military and Defense Research , MILITARY ethics , Privacy and Surveillance
AbstractBiometric identification is thought to be less vulnerable to fraud and forgery than are traditional forms of identification. However biometric identification is not without vulnerabilities. In a ‘spoofing attack’ an artificial replica of an individual’s biometric trait is used to induce a system to falsely infer that individual’s presence. Techniques such as liveness-detection and multi-modality, as well as the development of new and emerging modalities, are intended to secure biometric identification systems against such threats. Unlike biometrics in general, the societal and ethical issues raised by spoofing and anti-spoofing techniques have not received much attention. This paper examines these issues.
Short TitleSci Eng Ethics
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