Are biometrics coming to a PC near you?

Monday, 22 March 2004, 1:16 PM EST

Science fiction often depicts a future where retinal scans are common and fingerprint scans replace passwords and even door keys. It may be science fiction no longer: A government agency is examining the possibility of applying biometrics to curb identity theft.

A little-known provision of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act of 2003 requires the Department of the Treasury to examine the use of biometric technology as a security tactic. The FACT Act's primary mandate is that customers be notified when banks send credit bureaus negative reports on them.

By Adrienne Newell at PC World.

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