Sunday, August 01, 2010

Passport technology could boost identity security for everyone

The US Passport Office, of the Obama administration and Clinton State Department, is asking for new law-enforcement style authority to fight identity fraud, after some dress rehearsal tests identified some fraudulent passports, according to a Washington Times story July 29 by Shaun Waterman, here

The office wants to use biometric and facial recognition software, data which, if more widely used in private banking and other business, might make identity theft much harder.

Could this be used readily at ATM machines, or even to sign on to a computer? Biometric control happens a lot in the movies. Here is a typical site explaining it.

At home, it could be inconvenient, or it could be an additional adjunct to home security.

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