Danger Posed by Internet-Linked Biometrics and DNA-Genome Databanks

In this information age, a computerized system recognizing each individual human being based on their fingerprints, iris, hair, body shape, voice, behavioral pattern, DNA, genome, anatomical and blood statistics was developed by scientists. This databank is known as Biometrics archives.

For the information of all readers of this article, every nation on modern day planet earth is currently striving hard to achieve a continually updated, complete and comprehensive Biometrics databank.

As you peruse this information, new biometric data of many people are being enrolled into the Biometrics archives or verified whenever they are ferried unconsciously into a casualty ward, commit any crime, when relatives request for a death certificate, visit a healthcare facility, open an account for any financial transaction or enroll in any law enforcement agency.

Pretty soon, many governments the world over would request that all legal citizens and migrants in the respective countries should have their Biometrics and genome enrolled before they are eligible to partake in any transaction within the countries’ borders. Then, people would soon get used to continually having to get their data identified and verified as often as required by some law that is not yet promulgated.

Already, your national identity card, credit or debit card and international passport contain a link to your biometrics information.

Note that the complexity of accessing, updating and processing this vital personal information of people necessitates a link to the World Wide Web. This enables relevant Public and Private Agencies’ Networks that need to identify and verify people in far flung or remote regions on earth to have access to the archives.

However, it is this internet linkage that presents an underbelly of a rather strong, dragon-like and fraud-proof personal identification scheme. Hacking of government-ran Biometrics databanks, Cyber-criminals most coveted treasure chest may become the Information Age’s Achilles heel.

In future, the inclusion of human hereditary information or genome details might increase the danger of the archives being hacked by several notches. How safe is your personal information? Since the website wouldn’t be absolutely impregnable to hackers, what happens if such a nightmarish hacking scenario occurs and many personal information of a country’s citizenry are lost to cyber-criminals?

That unthinkable situation where a chunk of the Biometrics Archives is dangerously denuded would pose a serious security risk. Just think about it. There would be wanton cases of Identity theft, financial scams and all manner of criminal mayhem.

Should the Biometrics Archives be linked to the internet for faster and easy accessibility for enrollment and authentication processes? Are there ways and means of minimizing the risks posed by such a dastardly crime?

I would pleasantly appreciate your feedback.



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