5 Biometrics Websites to Explore - dummies

5 Biometrics Websites to Explore

By Peter H. Gregory, Michael A. Simon

Part of Biometrics For Dummies Cheat Sheet

There are quite a lot of biometrics websites and other sites out there with good biometrics information. Here are five helpful sites from several categories to provide a wider view of biometrics sites on the Internet.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a strong advocate for citizens’ rights in the digital age, provides information, advocacy, and (in some cases) legal support to people whose electronic freedoms or privacy are at risk.

United States Department of Justice

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has a keen interest in biometrics and generally being able to identify and authenticate people — as well as a duty to the people to protect privacy and freedoms. To this end, the DOJ doesn’t tend to take a stance on biometrics directly, but it does publish a lot of information about the laws of the land — and which are used to interpret how our privacy and freedoms are protected.

The DOJ website is a gigantic place to go looking for stuff, even if that stuff is sometimes nearly impossible to interpret simply. Here are multiple links to privacy and biometrics-related links at the DOJ (and one from the department of defense):

National Institute of Standards and Technology

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is an enormously helpful resource for just about any information-security-related questions you may have.

Because the U.S. national government has a keen interest in biometrics and the applications of biometrics technologies, the NIST has devoted an entire section of its website to the topic at the Biometrics Portal.

This section of the NIST website rather broadly covers standards in biometrics including some of the interoperability and data interchange standards and testing. The site, however, also talks about test tools and applications that the NIST has developed as reference standards.

International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet

The International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI) web page on biometrics focuses generally on the equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities. The ICDRI sees biometrics as a potential enabling technology that will allow disabled people to interact with society on a more equal basis, if applied correctly.

It’s really a launching point for links to other resources that describe how biometrics can be used to enhance a disabled person’s access to society and in some cases how to avoid impairing that person’s access when biometric systems are contemplated.


The Biometrics channel on the SecureIDNews website is in a very simple blog form, and focuses entirely on biometric news. The articles are short and to the point, developed like it would appear from press releases and other sources.

The site is owned and operated by AVISIAN, a company that makes its money primarily from consulting in the area of identity management, and uses their various publications in this topic area to promote the companies consulting practice.