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Biometrics, Crime and Security

1st Edition

By Marcus Smith, Monique Mann, Gregor Urbas


134 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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This book addresses the use of biometrics – including fingerprint identification, DNA identification and facial recognition – in the criminal justice system: balancing the need to ensure society is protected from harms, such as crime and terrorism, while also preserving individual rights. It offers a comprehensive discussion of biometric identification that includes a consideration of: basic scientific principles, their historical development, the perspectives of political philosophy, critical security and surveillance studies; but especially the relevant law, policy and regulatory issues. Developments in key jurisdictions where the technology has been implemented, including the United Kingdom, United States, Europe and Australia, are examined. This includes case studies relating to the implementation of new technology, policy, legislation, court judgements, and where available, empirical evaluations of the use of biometrics in criminal justice systems. Examples from non-western areas of the world are also considered. Accessibly written, this book will be of interest to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students, academic researchers, as well as professionals in government, security, legal and private sectors.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Foundations of Biometric Identification

Chapter 2: Fingerprint Biometrics

Chapter 3: DNA Identification

Chapter 4: Facial Recognition

Chapter 5: New and Developing forms of Biometric Indentification

Chapter 6: Biometrics in Criminal Trials

Chapter 7: Biometrics in Criminal Appeals and Post-Conviction Reviews

About the Authors

Marcus Smith, Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Canberra; Senior Lecturer in Law, Charles Sturt University

Monique Mann, Vice Chancellor¹s Research Fellow in Regulation of Technology, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology

Gregor Urbas, Associate Professor of Law, Faculty of Business, Government and Law, University of Canberra

About the Series

Law, Science and Society

Traditionally, the role of law has been to implement political decisions concerning the relationship between science and society. Increasingly, however, as our understanding of the complex dynamic between law, science and society deepens, this instrumental characterisation is seen to be inadequate, but as yet we have only a limited conception of what might take its place. In short, there is a need for new research and scholarship, and it is to that need that this series responds.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Forensic Science
LAW / Science & Technology
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Law Enforcement
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Privacy & Surveillance (see also SOCIAL SCIENCE / Privacy & Surveillance)
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology