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The Difference Engine: Dubious security

 

THANKS to gangster movies, cop shows and spy thrillers, people have come to think of fingerprints and other biometric means of identifying evildoers as being completely foolproof.

In reality, they are not and never have been, and few engineers who design such screening tools have ever claimed them to be so. Yet the myth has persisted among the public at large and officialdom in particular. In the process, it has led-especially since the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001-to a great deal of public money being squandered and, worse, to the fostering of a sense of security that is largely misplaced. 

 

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