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Biometric Technologies and Global Security

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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Congressional Research Service

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Biometric technologies use unique biological or behavioral attributessuch as DNA, fingerprints, cardiac signatures, voice or gait patterns, and facial or ocular measurements to authenticate an individuals identity. Although biometric technologies have been in use for decades, recent advances in artificial intelligence AI and Big Data analytics have expanded their application. As these technologies continue to mature and proliferate, largely driven by advances in the commercial sector, they will likely hold growing implications for congressional oversight, civil liberties, U.S. defense authorizations and appropriations, military and intelligence concepts of operations, and the future of war.

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  • Cybernetics
  • Civil Defense

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[A, Approved For Public Release]