The International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrochemical Commission have come together to publish joint standards for the secure and private use of biometric authentication.
Fingerprint readers and iris scanners have become the first forms of biometrics to be used for authenticating online transactions in recent years.
"As the internet is increasingly used to access services with highly sensitive information, the reliability and straight of authentication mechanisms is critical," said project editor Myung Geun Chun. "Biometrics is regarded as a powerful solution because of its unique link to an individual that is nearly impossible to fake."
ISO/IEC 24745 delineates several biometric application models with a range of storage and profile comparison techniques available. The standard also analyzes potential threats to reliability and provides guidance for retaining individual privacy during biometric processes.
Chun addressed affordability concerns by noting a significant reduction in costs as the popularity and reliability of the technology continues to expand.
The Asia-Pacific region may be the emerging market which transforms the industry in coming years. According to market research from Frost and Sullivan, the region is the world's largest contributor to the "Generation Y" population, and the technologically-literate youth may be have less objection to enhanced biometric security measures.
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