Biometric Identity and Personal Information
Protection Gaining Global Acceptance
Among Consumers - 10th November, 2009
Biometric Identity Protection For Consumers
BLUE BELL, Pa. — With concerns growing over the incidence of bank card fraud and identity
theft, a majority of people globally would accept biometric authentication to verify their identities,
according to recent research from Unisys Corporation (NYSE:UIS).
Analyzing recent findings from the nine countries covered in the bi-annual Unisys Security
Index, Unisys found that consumers remain most concerned about bank card fraud and identity
theft – despite a general decrease in overall concerns about security threats. These two issues
have ranked as the top overall consumer concerns globally since Unisys began compiling the
Unisys Security Index worldwide in 2007.
These global concerns may have led to an increasing consumer acceptance of biometric
technologies, such as fingerprint and eye (retinal) scans, versus more traditional methods of
using passwords and PINs. Respondents in every country surveyed in the Unisys Security
Index indicated a majority favored the use of advanced biometric methods.
In the UK, for example, 95% of those who said they would be willing to provide biometric data
said they would be willing to provide fingerprint data; 90% said they would provide an eye scan;
and 82% said they would agree to a facial scan. High acceptance rates for these types of
biometrics were also reported in other countries.
―Consumers worldwide seem to be growing more comfortable with the idea of using advanced
and sometimes unfamiliar technologies to secure their identities as a way to prevent fraud,‖ said
Mark Cohn, vice president, enterprise security, Unisys. ―Given the concern about bank fraud
and identity theft, it is not surprising that people would embrace new ways to protect
themselves. But we were somewhat surprised by the wide acceptance of biometrics such as iris
recognition and facial scans, technologies which consumers wer