Majority willing to share biometrics for better eGovernment
05 April 2018 16:41 GMT

According to a survey by Accenture Federal Services, the majority of citizens – 66% of women and 84% of men  – are willing to share some form of information in exchange for better government service.

The type of information people were willing to share included driver’s license number, retinal scans, fingerprints and voice ID.                                                          

However, not everyone saw eye-to-eye, however, on the type of data they’d share:

When it comes to sharing biometric data, Millennials are less open-minded than older generations: Only 25% of Millennial respondents said they’re willing to share retinal scans with government, vs. 41% of Baby Boomers.

Despite the growing popularity of voice-activated assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri, only 31% of respondents said they would be comfortable sharing their voice ID with gov’t in exchange for better service.

The results suggest that men are more receptive to futuristic methods of data-sharing: 12% said they’d be open to receiving a government microchip implant if it meant they’d receive more personalized service from government, compared to only 3% of women.

Perhaps surprisingly, more citizens would share their fingerprints (51%) than their social security number (45%)