What is biometrics?

Biometrics is using something you are-a fingerprint, handprint, iris scan, voiceprint, even your DNA-to prove you identity. A fingerprint biometric can be used in two-factor authentication to identify you instead of a PIN code for example. Many laptops now come with fingerprint scanners built into them.

Biometrics is also being implemented in many nation’s electronic passports. The European Parliament, for example, requires a photo and two fingerprints inside of the secure smart card chip in e-passports in the EU, plus Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. This allows complete assurance of identity when individuals are traveling.

For more information on biometrics, visit the International Biometric Industry Association (IBIA).