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    Technological, legal, and sociological summary of biometric technology usage

    The article presents biometric systems from three different standpoints. Technological standpoint, where the focus is laid on biometric system usage by the general public. Explaining basic terms and difficulties using various biometric characteristics. It also shortly describes how recognition works in several biometric characteristics (fingerprint, face, iris, and signature). After that is the legal standpoint, which is focused mainly on European Union law, where the often-mentioned GDPR is discussed, this basic legal regulation places a significantly higher standard than the previous legislation on the processing of biometric data as a particular category of personal data. Lastly, the article shows a sociological standpoint. In that part, different attitudes towards biometric technologies are discussed within the world population and different groups of the Czech Republic population. In the latest survey done by the authors in 2020 was found that age, and education play a vital role in the knowledge about biometric systems.

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      Sociology,Computer vision & Pattern recognition,Public law
      law,social groups,biometrics
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      The manuscript presents overview of recent biometric technology for human recognition. It briefly discusses the topic in three different but closely linked areas: technology itself, legal regulation and sociological issues / acceptance by public. The article does not represent a full review. The list of available technology, recent verified recognition methods, or up-to-date commercially available solutions is not complete. However, it clearly introduces into the complex field of biometrics and outlines advantages, pitfalls and even ways for future improvements. The list of refrences is recent but somewhat short. The text refers to relevant sources which can be a good starting point for the reader's further study. Sociological issues are documented on studies conducted in the Czech Republic on representative a sample of citizens. It represents solid results for the following discussion on application of biometric solutions in real life and it also serves as a good reference for comparison with countries with different legal systems, public awareness of digital surveillance and different level of digital services.


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