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America IdentifiedBiometric Technology and Society$
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Lisa S. Nelson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014779

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014779.001.0001

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September 11: A Catalyst for Biometrics?

September 11: A Catalyst for Biometrics?

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America Identified

Lisa S. Nelson

The MIT Press

The terrorist attacks of September 11 raised a great concern over the national security of the United States. After these attacks, the nation witnessed great deployment of biometric identification systems in public and private sectors to authenticate and verify individuals and to secure society from the potential threats of terrorism, fraud, and identity loss. However, the use of biometric technology gained criticism as well after September 11, when it was found to be intruding on the privacy and liberty of an individual. This chapter sheds light on the debate over the use of biometric technology in the war on terrorism after September 11, which also raised controversy over the infringement of liberty in the changing information age.

Keywords:   September 11, national security, biometric identification systems, identity loss, fraud, war on terror

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