As technology advances, and with each new development, data security is lagging behind. In the not too distant future, biometrics will be at least in part, your new password. We’ve all seen fingerprint and retina scans in movies like Minority Report but technological advances have allowed more internal biometric data to be collected and identified as unique characteristics that can be considered a passcode to each individual. “Cardiac rhythms, finger veins and other internal biological signatures hold a wealth of differentiating features that may someday replace passwords and fingerprints.  AT&T has created a system to send an electro-acoustic signal through bone or skin to produce a “body signature,” then compare it to a database of signatures to grant or block access.”

“Since 9/11, the amount of biometrics collected in the United States has increased exponentially,” says Jennifer Lynch, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.”

“While current regulations lag behind technology, researchers are feverishly working to address people’s concerns—namely, what happens if a database holding your biometrics gets hacked? You can reset a password, but you can’t replace your fingertips or eyeballs.”