Brits ready for biometrics to tackle ID fraud
UK consumers are the most open in Europe to the use of biometric technologies to verify their
identities. This is according to the latest Unisys Security Index, the bi-annual global research
project into consumers’ security concerns conducted by Unisys.
The latest UK Security Index reveals that 75% of UK residents would be willing to allow banks,
government agencies and other organisations to take fingerprints in order to verify their identity,
compared with France (59%), Germany (62%) or Italy (63%).
The Security Index also shows that financial security is now the biggest area of concern for UK
consumers, with worries over the misuse of debit or credit card information having increased in
the last six months.
The Security Index report reveals that UK consumers have some of the most liberal attitudes in
Europe to the use of biometric technology for identification purposes. Respondents in France,
Germany, Spain, Italy and Belgium were all less willing to verify their identity through the use of
fingerprint scans, blood vessel scans, facial scans or iris scans.
When it comes to iris recognition technologies, for example, 74% of those surveyed in the UK
are prepared to verify their identity in this fashion, compared to France (45%), Germany (48%),
Spain (53%), Italy (43%) and The Netherlands (72%). This reflects heightened concerns in the
UK around the issue of identity theft and fraud.
Commenting on the research, Neil Fisher, Vice President, Identity Management, Unisys said:
“As reports of instances of ID fraud and ID theft continue to make the headlines, this research
shows that UK consumers are understandably becomingly increasingly concerned about the
security of their personal information. Banks and government organisations need to do all that
they can to protect UK consumers, but they need to consider the attitudes of their customers
when implementing biometric and other security technologies as a means of protecting