Unisys Report: Majority of US Adults Embrace Airport Biometrics, Express Concern Over Public Event Security

Jeff Brody

A new study by Unisys has found that most Americans are concerned about attending major public events due to potential instances of physical harm and cyber breaches.

The company said Wednesday it surveyed 13K people from 13 countries, including over 1K in the U.S., for the Unisys Security Index and used a zero to 300 scale to gauge responses on issues that revolve around internet, personal, national and financial security.

Eighty-three percent of American respondents expressed concerns over criminal activities that may occur during large-scale events and 81 percent said they are somewhat concerned over personal data theft through the use of public wifi at such gatherings.

The report noted that 81 percent supported the use of biometrics technology in air travel security and other applications while 42 percent pointed to counterterrorism and security efforts as the main reasons for their confidence in biometrics use.

Tom Patterson, chief trust officer for Unisys, said the study "underscores the need for governments to work with industry" in developing ways to better protect devices in public spaces and ensuring that personal data remains secure when using biometrics technology.

The online-based survey occurred between February 27 and March 22.

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