Do you think the theft of biometric information is possible?

Millions of people already use fingerprint recognition to access their smartphones. For many, this is a first exposure to one use of biometric information that could become a common way to verify a person’s identity for a range of financial services.

The public is on the cusp of a huge change in the way it accesses vital digital services, but will the systems that support this new ID verification be robust against fraud?

Contributors to one of the #FutureofID Twitter debate had mixed feelings on this subject last year.

While all out theft might be difficult, the ability to ‘spoof’ ID technologies – particularly for image-based biometrID debates gific identification – was a strong topic of debate.

During the debate @NickMothershaw suggested systems are built to detect the use of stolen information – and things like the use of a photo instead of a live image for facial recognition – others had concerns.

@cgledhill highlighted reports about 3D faces created from social media images that can fool security systems and the theft of 5.6m fingerprint records from a hack of US government employees’ information.

Fingerprints, added @Identitygeeza, could be captured on one device, then reused elsewhere.

The key aspect of the debate was around usage vs risk being a live issue – but hasn’t the way a consumer interacts with their bank – and the risk – always been an issue? Isn’t this just a continuation of what’s gone before?

@KirstyRowena did raise a good point about the readiness of the technology. If it was 100% secure, she said, wouldn’t it already be used widely. In fact, @nesteroaa managed to sum up the whole topic neatly:

‘For every convenience,’ he said. ‘There is a security trade off.’