How do I know who you are? For people closest to us, without knowing how to classify our strategy, we look to biometric identifiers. Your daughter’s smile, your husband’s voice, the way your father walks toward you—the physical characteristics that we find familiar are the best tools to pick your loved ones out of a crowd.

Songs like “The Look of Love,” “The Tracks of My Tears,” “The Shadow of Your Smile,” and “The Way You Look Tonight” show how bio-identification expresses our deepest emotions. Cats and dogs also use sight and smell to identify the people they trust. Biometric identification is the most natural strategy developed by humans and other animals.

In addition, by the time of this writing, humankind has developed machines that are better than people at searching enormous lists, categorizing traits and making comparisons. And in other branches of scientific endeavor, we have learned to easily isolate biometric measurements that are nearly impossible to spoof and measurements like DNA that are conclusively indicative of a person’s identity.

So why are biometrics not the primary method, or the only method, that our society uses to identify humans for business and governmental reasons? Our quotidian transactions are dominated by PINs, passwords and identification cards issued by trusted authorities, rather than a measurement of who we really are.

Womble Bond Dickinson Privacy and Cybersecurity attorneys Ted Claypoole and Taylor Ey have authored the Guide to Regulation of Biometric Technology for Business and Government”.

This white paper answers such questions as:

  • What are biometric readings and why are they significant?
  • How are governments currently regulating biometric capture?
  • What are the potential biometric government limits that do not yet exist?
  • How should businesses operate under current biometric rules?

The Guide to Regulation of Biometric Technology for Business and Government is a free resource offered by Womble Bond Dickinson.