Another naive article about biometrics (5 Apr 2001) in hospitals to protect sensitive patient data. From MedcomSoft, a Canadian company.
How is this any better than a password? In fact, it's worse than a password for two reasons:
your password is "cracked", you can change it. On the other hand, if
there's some kind of a bug in the software of the fingerprint reader
such that they can capture the digitized image of your fingerprint,
then your screwed. Hmm, actually that could work ten times. But then
- What about people with no fingers? What about people who loose fingers?
Sigh… Bruce Schneier has covered all this ground in his Crypto-Gram newsletter and his book, Secrets & Lies.