US Army appears to be scarily misguided
Are you a US citizen? Should it be the case, you could consider talking to the Army or some US watchdog organizations urgently on this matter provided you find the following discussion relevant and compelling.
You would not need to worry much if US Army intends to deploy biometrics for ‘IDENTIFICATION’ of soldiers.
You would have to worry a lot if they intend to deploy biometrics for ‘AUTHENTICATION’ of soldiers. So would we, as citizens of US’s allied nations.
Contrary to the widespread misperception, biometrics used for authentication would only lower the digital identity security as demonstrated in this video - Biometrics in Cyber Space - "below-one" factor authentication https://youtu.be/wuhB5vxKYlg
and closely examined in this article – Negative Security Effect of Biometrics Deployed in Cyberspace https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/negative-security-effect-biometrics-deployed-hitoshi-kokumai/
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Comfortable Biometrics Ecosystem
How would you react if you see a car manufacturer who refuses to talk about the braking distance? Or, a pharmaceutical company who escapes the talk of the ingredients and side-effects of a drug?
I have been asking biometrics vendors the following questions for nearly two decades.
(1) What is the empirical False Rejection rate your product achieves when the corresponding False Acceptance rate is set in the order of 0.01%?
(2) What would the user be expected to do when they get falsely rejected?
The results? - Silence year after year.
I am now under the impression that there is a comfortable ecosystem collectively built among (1) biometrics vendors who rake up quick money by spreading a false sense of security, (2) tech/biz media and event organizers who are heavily paid by the biometrics vendors as sponsors and in return assist biometrics vendors to rake up more money and (3) quite a few security professionals who enjoy sizeable benefits by touting the mirage merits of biometrics while turning a blind eye to its security-lowering effects.