Politics the world over, from the UK to China, Estonia to America, has a huge influence on how biometrics are deployed. Our relationship with the state colours our acceptance of mass surveillance. It determines who we trust with our data and digital identities. In turn, this governs adoption rates for the latest authentication technologies. All these elements are connected.
“We see a push for the development of these technologies from a range of centres of power in the world, from the Chinese state, to the United Nations Security Council, to initiatives from the World Bank. Similarly, the globalised nature of the biometrics industry is itself a driver of deployment,” explains Gus Hosein, executive director of Privacy International.