Cyber Parse: Brits: Can banks do biometric security? We’d trust them before the government

September 19, 2016 — Brits: Can banks do biometric security? We’d trust them before the government

According to a new survey from Visa, Brits have more faith in their banks than government agencies to roll out authentication technologies based on biometrics. Robert Capps, VP at NuData, comments on this article.


Is that saying much, though?

Brits have more faith in their banks than government agencies to roll out authentication technologies based on biometrics, according to a new survey from Visa.
Consumers are nearly twice as likely to trust banks to store and keep their biometric information such as fingerprints and iris scans safe (60 per cent), than they are to trust government agencies (33 per cent).

Nearly two-thirds of consumers (64 per cent) want to use biometrics as a method of payment authentication.

The growth in fingerprint authentication for mobile payments via Apple’s Touch ID technology and the like is driving increased acceptance of the technology.
Consumers favour fingerprint authentication (88 per cent) as the most secure form of payment ahead of other biometric authentication options such as iris-scanning (83 per cent) and facial recognition (65 per cent).

When asked whom they would trust to offer biometrics authentication as a service to confirm identity, the largest percentage selected banks (85 per cent) and payment networks (81 per cent) ahead of global online brands (70 per cent), and smartphone companies (64 per cent).


Robert Capps, VP of business development at NuData Security, warned that physical biometrics such as fingerprints, selfies and voice authentication are far from foolproof.

“Unlike passwords, physical biometrics can’t be changed.

It’s the lasting and permanent nature of physical biometric data that may have more negative impacts than passwords since, as in the OPM Breach, once these have been released into the wild, they pose a risk for the lifetime of the victim who can do nothing to change this core data,” Capps cautioned.

Loss of fingerprint data is not just a theoretical concern, as several large breaches over the last couple of years have exposed fingerprint data en-masse.

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