data encryption + Biometric security

Rodolphe Ortalo rodolphe.ortalo at
Thu Feb 1 21:13:32 CET 2007

On technical grounds, different biometric sensors certainly exhibit
variable resistance to tampering (or fooling in this case); however, a
constant in this area for several years is the lack of information
provided by manufacturers themselves concerning the limits of their
devices's security. (Note that this is not limited to the field of
 However, I hope you understand the low trust that informed users need
to apply by "default" due to the lack of realism in manufacturers
marketing. That's probably unfortunate for both of them btw.


Le jeudi 01 février 2007 à 13:12 -0500, Heilpern, Mark a écrit :
> There are many competing technologies behind fingerprint scanning and
> evaluation techniques, some which are rather weak and others which are
> quite strong. Forming opinions based on tests against a small subset of
> them is not exactly doing due dilligence.
> Watching things like tv's MythBusters defeat fingerprint sensors is
> interesting and entertaining, but when you know they're using several
> year old, out-dated technology for the sensors they evaluate, you might
> suspect that there's more to the story that they're telling you.
> Disclaimer: I work for a fingerprint sensor manufacturer.

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