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JUL-AUG 2019

LP magazine publishes articles for loss prevention, asset protection, and retail professionals covering shrinkage, investigations, shoplifting, internal theft, fraud, technology, best practices, and career development.

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■ Improves Safety During a Robbery. Fingerprint biometrics reduce the risk of serious injury or death during robberies. When under extreme stress, employees can forget their passwords. Fingerprint biometrics allow employees to appease a thief more quickly, keeping employees and customers safer. ■ Viewed as a Profit Enhancer. When all of the operational benefits of biometric technology are conveyed to senior leadership, it's easy to demonstrate that loss prevention is taking a savvy approach to improving profitability. Traditional loss prevention methodologies tend to be viewed by senior leadership as underperforming. The addition of biometric technologies to any loss prevention strategy elevates it to a true business partner by improving the bottom line. Privacy Concerns Fingerprint biometrics extract data points from a fingerprint image that cannot be used anywhere outside the system. Fingerprint images are not stored, so privacy concerns over the use of biometric data can be addressed quite easily. The fact is that handling biometric data is no different than handling other sensitive personal information for which most organizations already have policies and procedures. It boils down to getting informed consent and establishing data management policies. Organizations can reap the benefits of biometrics while maintaining the privacy of individuals if they do four basic things: ■ Inform the person in writing that their biometric identifier is being collected. ■ Inform the person in writing of the specific purpose and length of term for which their biometric information is being collected, stored, and used. ■ Inform the person in writing how and when their biometric information will be destroyed. ■ Receive a written release executed by the person. BIOMETRICS: RETAIL'S BEST KEPT SECRET The fact is that handling biometric data is no different than handling other sensitive personal information for which most organizations already have policies and procedures. It boils down to getting informed consent and establishing data management policies. 56 JULY–AUGUST 2019 | LOSSPREVENTIONMEDIA.COM

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