1st Edition

Biometrics, Crime and Security

By Marcus Smith, Monique Mann, Gregor Urbas Copyright 2018
    140 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    140 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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