BCM325 Project Pitch

The Future of Biometric and Human Rights

Concept and Utility 

Biometric is a data that is unique. Individual physical characteristics of one human being cannot be differ and remain unaltered for life, such as voice-recording, fingerprint images and DNA samples. Biometric data are very reliable means of authentication because they allow one to prove a verification of an individual’s unique physical biometric data (Hert, 2013). Authentications reduce users’ abuse as it would be difficult to be transferred to third parties. Therefore, biometric technologies that use biometric data to confirm an individual’s claimed identity can both improve overall safety and reduce risk of fraud (Hert, 2013).  

First Generation of Biometric,  

  1. Fingerprint 
  1. Irish Scan 

The soft biometric are general traits such as gender, age, height, weight and ethnicity. This had caused social sorting of indiscrimination. It had divided people into categories eg. young and old, straight and gay and Asia and non-Asian and so forth. However, the digital biometric machines made decision without indiscrimination as it evidently neutral dimension. 

Second Generation of Biometric,  

  1. Heart Rate 
  1. Body temperature 
  1. Pupil dilation 
  1. Brain activity pattern 

These biometric data is collection in a passive fashion and embedded. This become problematic as the while data is being collected, the data subject is unaware. The consent transparency of collecting individual biometric from tracing and tracking becomes the nor. Thus, surveillance society form.  

According to the Resolution, the states must “develop and implement systems to collect biometric data, which could include fingerprints, photographs, facial recognition, and other relevant identifying biometric data, in order to responsibly and properly identify terrorists, including foreign terrorist fighters,” measures that have to be “in compliance with domestic and international law, including human rights law.” 

However, many countries do not have the right legislative framework and mechanisms to ensure data and privacy security, and that dialogue on this matter has been missing.  

The report points are vital as it regards the regulating retention and access to biometric databases, due to several risks that may arise in each timeframe, ultimately compromising data integrity. 


Human Behaviours and Ethnical issues  

Media: BLOG  

Part 1: Introduction, statistics findings, case study, advantage and disadvantages.  

  • Question: What is our institution governing our biometric data?  
  • How is it anticipating human behaviors? Physical/emotion/cognitive 

Part 2: Social Changes and Behaviors and Ethical Issues 

  • Social Changes and Behaviors 
  • Who is controlling Biometric data? 
  • Processing Sensitive Data  
  • Accuracy of Data  
  • Prior Checking 

Part 3: The Future of Biometric and Conclusion 

Project Timeline 


Alonso-Fernadenz, F., Fierrez, J., Oetega-Garcia, J. (2012) “Quality Measures in Biometric System”. EEE Security and Privacy Magaizne. Retrieved From: 


Hert, P. D. (2013) “Biometrics and the Challenge to Human Rights in Europe”. Need for Regulation and Regulatory Distinctions. Retrieved From: 


Korolov, M. (2019) “What is biometrics? 10 physical and behavioral identifiers that can be used for authentication”. CSO News. Retrieved From:  


Ross. A., Banerjee, S., Chen, C., Chowdhury, A., Mirjlili, V., Sharma, R., Swearingen, T. And Yadav, S. (2019) “Some Research Problems in Biometrics: The Future Beckon”. Proc. of 12th IAPR International Conference on Biometrics. Retrieved From:  


7 thoughts on “BCM325 Project Pitch

  1. Hi Sarah,

    I appreciate on your digital artefact. Biometrics are one of the important area in technology and affects our daily life, such as the unlock our phones and doors lock and this technology had been utilised in different areas. I think you should diversify the problem. Talking about the application, like how biometrics have been used in different industries and how does it affect to different shareholders such as individuals or the government. Therefore the utility need to be more clear and it needs more industry reports and academic articles to state the ethical issue of biometrics.

    This topic is very challenging and I think the content should be clear and the format presents should be easy to understand so the public audience could understand the problem of biometrics.

    I hope my comments would help on your digital artefact. I am looking forward to seeing the progress on your digital artefact.



  2. Hi Sarah,

    A very detailed exploration into the basis of Biometric and Human Rights. Biometric technology has been around for quite some time and you have managed to explore the current trends and problems resulting from the biometric technology.

    “Recently, biometric technology has been used for commercial and civil applications, such as Facebook and iPhone, for identity management. With this evolution in application, questions arise about the ethical use of such technology within the broader field of technology ethics.” (North‐Samardzic, 2019) acquiring several journal articles that explore further privacy concerns regarding the use of biometric technology, where the author elaborates on how we engage with this type of technology in our daily lives.

    The Future of Biometric Technology and Trends in 2021 — an article I have found online (referenced below), that analyzes the future of biometric security that you may find useful for your research. The writer mentioned that in a few years, biometric technologies will be introduced everywhere as biometric identification technologies are improving so fast, that the use of passwords in all sorts of devices will be a thing of the past.

    Here are some links and references that you may find helpful. Good luck!


    A. (2021, January 19). The Future of Biometric Technology and Trends in 2021. Retrieved from https://recfaces.com/articles/biometric-trends

    North-Samardzic, A. (2019). Biometric Technology and Ethics: Beyond Security Applications. Journal of Business Ethics, 167(3), 433–450. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-019-04143-6


  3. Hi Sarah

    I love your pitch very much. Biometric technology is undeniably high-tech, and this technology has been used in many fields, such as tissue engineering, the gradual reorganization of satellites, so you could find many academic resources to support your project and keep work hard on it. If we talk about in the next 5 to 10 years, I think biometric technology can have more functions, for example, biometric technology can help combat terrorism and help find criminals, this is might a direction you could consider.
    Here is an article I found, I hope it would be useful.

    Click to access future%20of%20biometrics.pdf


  4. It’s interesting how biometric is rapidly taking an important role in our daily life. It has made things more convenient for us. Unlocking our smartphones with smart ID, going through airport checks with our fingerprints. It also brings a foreboding question out into the open. Who owns our biometrics and what are they being used for? Having a surveillance society always creates an argument. Is it better to live in a society that’s monitored and everything is controlled to prevent crime? Or is it better to not be monitored and be able to express yourselves freely without risks of having your social credit score down/be talked to by government agents/be able to have private times with family and friends. Currently we’re walking on a path that is eerily moving towards a dystopian setting we’ve all read and heard of.

    There are issues about some countries less fortunate to not be able to adopt these advanced technologies into their country and this could be another conversation about technological privileges. But from how I see it, it could be a blessing in disguise. Of course we can always try to limit how much data we’re giving away by not having Alexa or a Google Nest system in our living space that are connected to the Internet. Some things like fingerprint and face ID seem to be such basic information that it does not matter that much.

    Our world is developing at such a rapid rate. It is scary. Having a surveillance system is only the beginning of how the 1% will control the world. The establishment already has control of how their citizens think. Influencing who they vote for with bright smiles, making people think they are on the “right side”. They will continue to suppress social mobility. Soon treating people like cattle, just to preserve their ways of doing things.

    I’m sorry for going on a tangent, I just thought you might be interested in this because you are interested in conspiracy theories. Only this time, it is being done right in front of our faces so it cannot be called conspiracies.

    Here are some resources I recommend to you:

    I hope to read from you very soon!


  5. Hello Sarah, I like the organization of your post and I am really curious on the regulation of biometric data. We have cameras that can do most of the things you mentioned above and I heard some countries are trying to use it for security purposes. I want to ask what is your stance on this and whether we should accept it or not and if there can be any way to prevent it from being abused.


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