Biometrics in 2019: Increased Security or New Attack Vector?

Should we pump the brakes on the roll out of biometric security to first consider whether we are creating new vulnerabilities?

This year thousands of consumers unwrapped new smartphones and laptops which come with biometric sensors that are intended to protect their data and identities through strong authentication. Apple continues to gain popularity with its iPhone X facial recognition feature while more laptops and phones now incorporate fingerprint scanning.

But is this broad adoption of biometric security making consumers safer? And is everyone really comfortable sharing this form of identity data points with vendors, tools, and apps?

Last month, the Illinois Supreme Court took on a case where parents accused Six Flags of violating the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) when the park collected a 14-year-old boy’s fingerprints for a season pass.

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