The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Ann Cavoukian, Ph.D., and Biometrics Scientist, Alex Stoianov, Ph.D., jointly released a white paper entitled Biometric Encryption: A Positive Sum Technology that Achieves Strong Authentication, Security AND Privacy. The authors wish to appeal to a broader audience in considering the merits of Biometric Encryption (BE) to verify identity, protect privacy, and ensure security. Their central message is that BE technology can help to overcome the prevailing “zero-sum” mentality involved with traditional biometrics, namely, that adding privacy to identification and information systems weakens security. This need not be the case. They believe you can have both privacy and security: you do not have to choose one over the other.
By publishing this paper, the authors wish to advance current national and international discussions regarding the most appropriate and privacy-enhancing methods by which to achieve strong identification and authentication protocols. They strongly believe that privacy must not be not be forfeited in one’s search for greater security – you can have both.