Biometric data is being used and collected by a great number of devices that we use every day. Whether you're using your thumb to unlock your smartphone or use facial recognition to gain access to a certain area of your workplace, biometric technology is all around us. Our IT expert, Jeff Groby, headed to the studio at The Big 550 KTRS for Tech Talk to discuss the different uses for this technology. As always, the crew on the Guy Phillips Show was ready to talk about the topic and the latest in technology news.
What is Biometric Data?
Biometric data is a term referring to any computer data that is created during a biometric process. This includes fingerprints, samples, and other scores that can are used to verify an individuals identity based off of collected information. This technology is becoming popular because it allows the user to gain entry to their device or access point without usernames or passwords. Biometric data is more secure than a traditional password. This technology also provides end users with an easier usage level because your specific password is always on your person.
As technology continues to change, different issues will arise. In the instance of biometrics, some of the issues aren't coming from the technology itself, but from an ethical and law enforcement standpoints. Different laws to protect end users in the event their device is confiscated by law enforcement have had to be created. Protocols have also been put into effect to protect someone's device from being accessed after their death. Someone's device is still their property and the correct processes to gain access must be followed.
Many devices that use biometric technology have made the shift to be pro-consumer and protect the personal data of the end user. At the end of the day, the big creators of our everyday technology are on the side of the people using it. While this technology may still have kinks that need to be worked out, we're headed in the right direction. Jeff stated that he believes biometric data will only continue to evolve and grow in popularity.
Technology News: Ring Doorbell Security Issue
We always like to bring a touch of technology current events to the show and Guy Phillips was prepared to talk about the damaging reports that came to light last week about the popular home security system, Ring. The technology has come under fire because of a report claiming that video feeds and other files were made accessible to employees who had no need for access.
Ring is one of the biggest players in the smart home security game at the moment, and this issue has the chance to be damaging for the brand. As Guy and Jeff continued to talk about the issue and invasion of privacy, they brought up the fact that this technology has the ability to do wonderful things, but the proper security layers must be in place.
Tech Talk on KTRS
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Originally published January 24, 2019, updated May 2, 2019