San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
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Ethical and Social Consequences of Biometric Technologies Ethics and TechnologyBiometrics can be defined as all the authentication techniques relying onmeasurable physiological and individual human characteristics that can beverified using computers. This paper outlines fundamental biometrictechnical concepts, biometrics drivers, security expectations and currenttechnical problems. The paper’s main objective is to discuss the potentialsocial and legal consequences of biometric massive implementations insociety. What may be the consequences when the security of ourbiometrics is compromised? How will populations with disabilities beenrolled in biometric databases when they lack the physical traits thebiometric system requires? Are minorities disadvantaged in biometricapplications? The intellectual significances of this paper are: (a) todiscuss social and ethical consequences of biometric technologies, and (b)to increase public awareness of potential violations of privacy, security,civil and human rights that may have not been fully addressed yet bylawmakers and c) To ample discuss the educational modules forengineering programs. The findings of this paper have been successfullyincorporated in courses related with engineering ethics and technologyethics at a senior level and graduate level. Results of these educational andcurriculum implementations are presented.
Chinchilla, R. (2012, June), Ethical and Social Consequences of Biometric Technologies: Implementation in Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21340
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