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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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(p.184) (p.185) 7 Conclusion
America Identified
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Biometric systems of identification may enable institutions to protect people from various threats such as identity theft, fraud, and terrorist attacks, but the issues related to the loss of privacy and individual liberty have made people ponder over the use of the technology in the current information age. It is important for public and private institutions to consider issues such as individual liberty and the use of personal information carefully while developing and deploying biometric systems of identification. This chapter concludes the book with a discussion on individual liberty and privacy in the context of biometric technology. It also sheds light on decisional autonomy and informed consent in terms of protecting liberty and privacy.

Keywords:   systems of identification, privacy, liberty, decisional autonomy, informed consent

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