Another Aspect of Biometrics

Today I take up this report “Europe makes the case to ban biometric surveillance”

A friend has directed me to this very intriguing news, which reads “the biometrics business is on a collision course with Europe’s leading data protection experts. Both the European Data Protection Supervisor and the European Data Protection Board have called for a total ban on using AI to automatically recognise people.”

I did not spend much time on this aspect of biometrics, not because it is outside my scope, but because many people are already awake to this problem and working on it actively. Say, I wish to focus more on the issue that few people are not awake to.

The issue is that, when deployed with a default password, biometrics only increases the attack surface and thus further weakens the defense that the weak password has somehow provided.

Discussed in this post -"> “Biometrics is to Password what Back door is to Front door”

I am speaking out loudly and persistently on this problem of biometrics because few people are speaking about it; once we are awake to this truth, we have a moral duty to speak up.

Key References

“What we need to do for NOT achieving Solid Digital Identity”

Removal of Passwords and Its Security Effect

Negative Security Effect of Biometrics Deployed in Cyberspace

External Body Features Viewed as ‘What We Are’

Additional References

For Achieving Solid Digital Identity on Information Security Buzz (Mar/2021)

What We Know for Certain about Authentication Factors

Digital Identity for Global Citizens
Image-to-Code Conversion by Expanded Password System

Summary and Brief History — Expanded Password System

Proposition on How to Build Sustainable Digital Identity Platform

Account Recovery with Expanded Password System

History, Current Status and Future Scenarios of Expanded Password System

Availability-First Approach

Update: Questions and Answers — Expanded Password System and Related Issues

< Videos on YouTube>

Slide: Outline of Expanded Password System (3minutes 2seconds)

Digital Identity for Global Citizens (10minutes — narrated)

Demo: Simplified Operation on Smartphone for consumers (1m41s)

Demo: High-Security Operation on PC for managers (4m28s)

Demo: Simple capture and registration of pictures by users (1m26s)

Slide: Biometrics in Cyber Space — “below-one” factor authentication



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Hitoshi Kokumai

Advocate of ‘Identity Assurance by Our Own Volition and Memory’, Inventor of Expanded Password System and Founder of Mnemonic Identity Solutions Limited in UK.