DailyDirt: Passwords? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Passwords

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Fingerprint-based biometric security systems are everywhere now, but there are some well-known problems with using your fingerprints instead of a password. First off, you unconsciously leave copies of your fingerprints just about everywhere you go. Still, fingerprint sensors seem to be getting better and better. I'll stick to my 4-digit PIN for now, though, thanks, but if you like using your finger for your digital locks, check out these links. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

Filed Under: biometrics, fingerprint, fingerprints, identification, passwords, pin, security, sensors
Companies: qualcomm, vkansee


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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Mar 2015 @ 10:12pm

    Fifth Amendment concern

    Biometric fingerprints aren't protected by the Fifth Amendment, because these aren't stored in your mind.

    You can therefore be compelled to provide your fingerprint, and can't refuse on Fifth Amendment grounds.

    A password on the other hand is stored in your mind, and unless you are stupid and admit you know it, its production can't be compelled.

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