At what risk will we allow ourselves to be subjected to in the name of convenience? Every time we unlock our smartphone, use a fingerprint scanner at the airport, or upload a photo with facial recognition to Facebook, our physical attributes are scanned and scrutinized against a template. The use of biometrics has exploded in recent years, with companies ranging from 24-Hour Fitness to NYU Langone Medical Center using this available technology to identify their customers. This reminds me of the passage in the Book of Daniel where the Lord told Daniel that the day would come soon that “Knowledge would increase” – Daniel 12
According to NBC News, By 2019, biometrics are expected to be a 25-billion-dollar industry with more than 500 million biometric scanners in use around the world. Wells Fargo this fall will begin offering a smartphone app with biometric authentication — making all your financial information just an eye scan away. Here comes the convenience of all this technology. Biometrics eliminates the need to memorize an unwieldy sequence of numbers and letters as with passwords. The problem is once your fingerprints is hacked you’re in deep trouble because it’s not like a traditional password that can be changed.