Fingerprint Identification Technology: A How-To Guide

Fingerprint identification technology uses fingerprints to uniquely identify individuals. The technology has been used by law enforcement agencies for decades, and dozens of statutes regulate when government agencies may collect fingerprints, how they are permitted to use them, and with whom they can be shared. Advances in fingerprint recognition software have lead some private entities to begin using the technology to authenticate consumers. For example, some mobile devices have integrated fingerprint recognition technology to replace, or supplement, passwords or pass codes. Some employers are also using fingerprint recognition technology to increase the accuracy and efficiency of employee timekeeping systems. …

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