UK public favours biometrics increase

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UK public favours biometrics increase

Three out of four members of the UK public say they are in favour of wider biometrics usage to enhance their security. This is according to the recent Biometrics in Britain Study 2006, from document and identity security specialists TSSI Systems.

Some 76% are more in favour of biometrics than they were one year ago, with personal safety identified as the biggest driver for the change; and three-quarters of people believing biometrics are important in combating terrorism.

Biometric adoption in airports received a resounding seal of approval, where 77 % approved of its use; and almost half approved of biometrics in Britain's underground tube networks. However, usage of biometrics in banking and retail was rejected by 59 and 63 per cent, respectively.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, nearly a third – 28% – were opposed to the creation of a Government biometric database, even if it led to better crime detection rates.

The public are right to be sceptical with regards any suggestion of a Government biometric database. After the scandal of out-of-control DNA checks and unconvincing identity card proposals, how likely is it that any Government-inspired biometric database would have public support?

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