Second Generation Biometrics: The Ethical, Legal and Social Context

  • Emilio Mordini
  • Dimitros Tzovaras

Part of the The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology book series (ELTE, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Emilio Mordini, Dimitrios Tzovaras, Holly Ashton
    Pages 1-19
  3. Foundations and Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Giampaolo Ghilardi, Flavio Keller
      Pages 23-47
    3. Anil K. Jain, Ajay Kumar
      Pages 49-79
    4. Annemarie Sprokkereef, Paul de Hert
      Pages 81-101
  4. Emerging Biometrics and Technology Trends

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Dimosthenis Ioannidis, Dimitrios Tzovaras, Gabriele Dalle Mura, Marcello Ferro, Gaetano Valenza, Alessandro Tognetti et al.
      Pages 105-127
    3. Anastasios Drosou, Dimitrios Tzovaras
      Pages 129-148
    4. Alejandro Riera, Stephen Dunne, Iván Cester, Giulio Ruffini
      Pages 149-176
    5. Farzin Deravi
      Pages 177-191
  5. Identity, Intentions and Emotions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Ben A. M. Schouten, Albert Ali Salah, Rob van Kranenburg
      Pages 195-214
    3. Massimo Tistarelli, Susan E. Barrett, Alice J. O’Toole
      Pages 229-255
  6. New Biometrics in Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 285-285
    2. Emilio Mordini
      Pages 329-334
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 335-353

About this book


While a sharp debate is emerging about whether conventional biometric technology offers society any significant advantages over other forms of identification, and whether it constitutes a threat to privacy, technology is rapidly progressing. Politicians and the public are still discussing fingerprinting and iris scan, while scientists and engineers are already testing futuristic solutions. Second generation biometrics - which include multimodal biometrics, behavioural biometrics, dynamic face recognition, EEG and ECG biometrics, remote iris recognition, and other, still more astonishing, applications – is a reality which promises to overturn any current ethical standard about human identification. Robots which recognise their masters, CCTV which detects intentions, voice responders which analyse emotions: these are only a few applications in progress to be developed.

This book is the first ever published on ethical, social and privacy implications of second generation biometrics. Authors include both distinguished scientists in the biometric field and prominent ethical, privacy and social scholars. This makes this book an invaluable tool for policy makers, technologists, social scientists, privacy authorities involved in biometric policy setting. Moreover it is a precious instrument to update scholars from different disciplines who are interested in biometrics and its wider social, ethical and political implications.

Editors and affiliations

  • Emilio Mordini
    • 1
  • Dimitros Tzovaras
    • 2
  1. 1.Cittadinanza (CSSC)Centro per la Scienza, la Società e laRomaItaly
  2. 2.Centre for Research & Technology HellasInformatics & Telematics InstituteThermi-ThessalonikiGreece

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