Technical, Legal, Economic and Social Aspects of Biometrics for Cloud Computing

  • Jernej Bule Faculty of Computer and Information Science University of Ljubljana,Ljubljana,Slovenia
  • Peter Peer Faculty of Computer and Information Science University of Ljubljana,Ljubljana,Slovenia
Keywords: biometrics, cloud computing, cloud biometrics, legislation, privacy protection, economic gain, social impact, development


This article addresses technical, legal, economic and social aspects of biometrics for cloud computing, featuring application example, gains of such solution, current laws, directives and legislation for biometrics and cloud computing. It is primarily based on Slovenian example due to  common  general  EU  legislation  in  the  field  of  cloud  computing  and  biometrics. Authentication  on  the  Internet  is  still  mainly  done  using  passwords,  while  biometrics  is practically  not  used.  It  is  commonly  known  that  everything  is  moving  to  the  cloud  and biometrics is not an exception. Amount of biometric data is expected to grow significantly over the next few years and only cloud computing is possible to process such amounts of data. Due to these facts and increasing security needs, we propose and implement the use of biometry as a service in the cloud. A challenge regarding the use of biometric solutions in the cloud is the protection of the privacy of individuals and their personal data. In Slovenia privacy legislation is very strong, it permits usage of biometrics only for very specific reasons, but we predict that big players on the market will change this fact globally. One of the important reasons for that is also the fact that biometrics for cloud computing provides some strong benefits and economic incentives. Proper deployment can provide significant savings. Such solutions could improve people’s quality of life in terms of social development, especially in sense of more convenient, safer and reliable identification over multiple government and non-government services.