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Security-Based Insoles Raise Tracking Concerns

BIOMETRICS—U.S.

July 23, 2012

The Washington Post reports on privacy concerns surrounding the development of a biometric shoe. Carnegie Mellon University’s new Pedo-Biometrics Lab has partnered with Autonomous ID to work on shoe insoles capable of monitoring foot pressure and gait and using a microcomputer to compare the data with an individual’s master file. The shoe could be used to monitor workers at a nuclear power plant site or on special military bases. “If I put on yours, it would know almost instantly that I’m not you,” said Autonomous ID’s president. The Electronic Frontier Foundation says the bio-soles could be implanted into shoes secretly to track individuals. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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