Each month, the Identity Theft Resource Center hosts an informative Twitter chat on ways to protect the public from fraud and scams.

Be sure to join us for our monthly Twitter chat on Thursday, September 3rd, at 3pm EDT / 12pm PDT as we discuss some of the issues facing consumers today.Our topic this month is biometrics and how they affect citizens in the digital age. We’ll also discuss the future of this technology and address questions that may arise as more and more security protocols incorporate biometric scanning. Biometrics are still an emerging technology that bases its value as a security tool on the premise that your body is not only unique, but that it is also always with you.

According to Tim De Chant for Nova Next, “Biometric identification has a faint whiff of the future about it, though what that future looks like depends entirely on your perspective. It could be a dystopian world, often seen in movies, novels, and comic books where Big Brother haunts our heroes, monitoring them through iris scans or facial recognition. Or it could be a sleek and polished future, where speaking an authorization code grants you control of a vehicle or glancing at a camera opens a locked door with a hushed hiss.”

Some of the questions we’ll address in this helpful chat include:

  • What are biometrics?
  • How can biometrics be used to protect our identities?
  • What are some issues with biometric adoption by the general public?
  • How do people feel about using biometrics?
  • Where is biometric technology already being used that may surprise us?
  • How can companies use biometrics to protect their customers?
  • What does the future hold for biometrics?
  • What are some resources to learn more about biometrics?

In order to take part, users must simply log into their Twitter accounts at the appointed date and time and follow the #IDTheftChat hashtag. For your convenience, you may also log into the ID Theft Tweet Deck chat room by going to http://tweetchat.com/room/IDTheftChat after signing into your Twitter account. Be sure to type “#IDTheftChat” at the end of each of your tweets so that others may see your comments and questions, and search for that hashtag to read all of the information on the topic of biometric security. This Anyvite form will let you sign up to receive a reminder just before the event.

Be sure to also follow the Identity Theft Resource Center on Twitter (@IDTheftCenter) for great information that will help you protect yourself and your loved ones from internet crimes throughout the year.