The latest Unisys Security Index has found that Australians support the extension of biometrics (use of DNA and fingerprints for identification) to passengers boarding planes. “This may be because immigration and customs processing are mandatory and recognised as core security processes which already have systems and processes in place to protect personal data,” Mr Kendall said. “This issue will gain scrutiny as retailers make more use of big data analytics to collect, combine, interrogate and use information about their customers.” Source = ETB News: Tom Neale The Index, which provides a glimpse into the attitudes of consumers on variety of cultural, economic and security issues found that 8 in 10 Australians surveyed would be willing to provide biometric information before boarding a plane. “Whereas retailers may not yet have earned that level of trust in their ability to protect data, or shopping convenience is simply not seen as a serious enough reason to give up personal biometric data, However, only 33 per cent of those surveyed would be willing to provide biometric information in order to receive customised retail offers from airport stores. Mr Kendall said that this was likely due to customers’ wariness of giving away their personal data for anything other than security. “We have seen longstanding support for biometrics in immigration and customs processing, but these new findings show that there is a willingness to extend this level of identity verification throughout the passenger’s airport journey to confirm that only approved passengers are boarding flights,” Unisys security program director, John Kendall said.