Biometric technologies are used all over the globe for various purposes. For instance, fingerprint and palm print technologies have been embraced in the security sector and verification of person’s identity. It is widely applied by criminal justice agencies in ensuring most accurate evidences that are obtained at the crime scene for identifying potential suspects. The discussion will cover the effects of rights to justice and privacy of an individual by these systems.
However many of these technologies are embraced, a number of effects associated with them and are of major concern on the constitutional rights of an individual that has been brought up. Furthermore, current technologies are difficult to use and sometimes produce poor quality of prints. According to Connel, fingerprint and palm print may be weaken as time goes by due to environmental conditions that wear them off (2001). The state of prints is crucial because it gives a hint on when crime occurred. For example, when ones fingerprints are found on a glass next to a dead woman in a room, this just indicates that the man was in the room but does not prove him to be murderer (Wertheim, 2010). This clearly indicates how the use of these technologies may infringe on the constitutional rights to justice of an individual.
The right to privacy of a person is compromised by the use of finger and palm prints. Fraudsters can use the prints in order to access crucial information of an individual; moreover it can cause stealing money from the accounts and gaining access to restricted places that require use of prints in order to prove identity.
In conclusion, the presence of these biometric systems has led to advancement in the technological world especially in security and in identification matters. However, the limitations should not be used to demean the technologies, but instead the concerned personnel should ensure accuracy and care is observed when handling prints.