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In this day and age, how do we protect ourselves at a time when the digital world is at work everywhere and maybe even gaining on us?

Biometrics are personal identifiers that are uniquely yours.   Facial or retinal information that is picked up on a scan.  Your fingerprints.  Even the way you talk, walk and your heart beat.

Biometrics are a security resources that are getting more wifely used when it comes to shopping, banking and traveling.

It’s all good, unless it somehow gets into the wrong hands.

It’s all biometric information and once it’s gone or stolen, how do you get it back? The answer: You can’t.

The FBI has the largest biometric database in the United States.  Facebook owns the largest database of facial recognition in the world.  But if their storage databases were to get hacked like the Office of Personnel Management did in 2014, millions of people’s most personal information is on the line and out there for the wrong people to see, use and abuse.

How are biometrics being stored? How are they being used? Who has access to that kind of sensitive information? Those are the questions consumers should be asking of the private companies and government agencies gathering our biometerics.

WGN’s Julie Unruh has more.