Biometrics refers to the process of capturing and recording unique physical characteristics of an individual for identification purposes. In the context of immigration and security procedures, biometrics typically involve taking a digital photograph of the person’s face and collecting digital fingerprints.
Digital Photo: A digital photo captures the facial features of the individual, including their eyes, nose, and mouth. This photo is often used for identification and verification purposes, allowing authorities to match the photo with the person’s identity.
Digital Fingerprints: Digital fingerprints are obtained by scanning the person’s fingertips using a specialized fingerprint reader. This process captures the unique patterns and ridges on the fingers, creating a digital record of the individual’s fingerprints.
Both the digital photo and fingerprints are stored securely and used for identity verification, background checks, and security screening purposes. Biometric data provides a more reliable and accurate means of confirming someone’s identity compared to traditional identification methods, helping to enhance security measures and prevent identity fraud.