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Definitions Edit

Biometrics Edit

A false match

Security Edit

"False matches may occur because there is a high degree of similarity between two individuals’ characteristics."[5]

In verification and positive identification systems, unauthorized people can be granted access to facilities or resources as the result of incorrect matches. In a negative identification system, the result of a false match may be to deny access. For example, if a new applicant to a public benefits program is falsely matched with a person previously enrolled in that program under another identity, the applicant may be denied access to benefits.[6]

References Edit

  1. Information Security: Challenges in Using Biometrics, at 10.
  2. Biometrics Identity Management Agency, Biometrics Glossary, at 26 (Ver. 5) (Oct. 2010) (full-text).
  3. 49 U.S.C. § 44903(h)(7)(D).
  4. Biometric Technologies: Security, Legal, and Policy Implications, at 5 n.4.
  5. Id.
  6. Id.

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