Biometrics more common now, but what about privacy issues? | abc7.com

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Imagine using a scan of your eye to open a door or your fingerprint to buy something. It’s not futuristic, it’s reality. Retinal scans and fingerprint identifications are being rolled out everywhere from gyms to hospitals to, most recently, your iPhone.

These sophisticated biometric security devices work by measuring things that are unique to you, like your fingerprint, your voice, your face, and even your retina.

Last week, Apple announced its new iPhone 5S would use fingerprint scanning to unlock the phone and even to make purchases. But amid the excitement, came serious questions about privacy.

Apple quickly assured customers that the iPhone’s new touch ID sensor doesn’t store an image of your fingerprint on the phone, only a numerical code that remains encrypted within the processor.

More and more, this technology is becoming a part of everyday life. Biometrics is being used to identify employees at the office, to buy lunch at school, or even check in at the gym.

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