San Francisco, CA – The biometric identifier, or fingerprint, is a physical signature used by a bank or other financial institution to verify the identity of a customer or other customer service contact.
With an increase in biometrics being used in the workplace, it is also becoming a growing topic of concern, as well as a threat to privacy.
A recent report from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, which is part of the US Department of Homeland Security, states that biometric IDs have been used in robberies, home burglaries, and assaults, with a large majority of crimes occurring within the past three years.
“More and more people are using their fingerprint to track their movements,” said Dr. Jennifer A. Littman, the co-author of the report.
“They’re not just taking photos, they’re tracking them.”
Littmans report, titled Biometric Identities in Crime, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice: A Critical Review, found that in 2015, 1.3% of the individuals in the United States were subject to identity theft.
That number rose to 3.4% in 2016, and reached 6.3 percent in 2017.
It is also expected that by 2026, the number of identity theft victims in the US will surpass one million.
The majority of victims are victims of identity fraud, which involves a fraudulent claim of identification and/or financial gain by the perpetrator, usually by using false documents or identity theft rings.
It can include, but is not limited to, identity theft forgery, identity fraud by the victim, identity-related fraud, identity stealing, or identity-based theft.
For more information, visit www.dhs.gov/idf.
“The FBI is developing a biometrically linked national database to assist in the identification and prevention of identity-theft,” said FBI Assistant Director in Charge Joseph J. Caputo.
“We are working with a wide range of federal, state, local, tribal, and private entities to help identify the most vulnerable and vulnerable individuals and individuals who may have been the victims of a crime using biometric identifiers.”