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Date: 2003-12-29

GCHQ: Geruchsbiometrie im Test

Aus der beliebten Serie "durchgeknallt in Cheltenham" bringen wir heute wie immer direkt aus der Zentrale des zweitgrößten Militärgeheimdienstes der westlichen Welt die Folge: "Wir haben Indentifizierung und Authentifizierung durch biometrische Analyse der Darmgase gelöst."
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Government scientists are evaluating new technology that allows people to be identified by body odour, making the tracing of criminals by their unique whiff, whether of fear, greed or excitement, a possibility within years.

A leaked memo from the Government's top-secret GCHQ centre lists a series of 'biometric technologies' that have been tested by government specialists for possible use in the UK. The list includes one 'esoteric proposal' to identify individuals by their smell.

Biometric technologies, which effectively use the body itself as a password, are increasingly popular. New security concerns over terrorism and illegal international immigration have accelerated the search for more effective ways to pinpoint individuals in a hi-tech world. Recent reports from the Department of Trade and Industry and law enforcement authorities in America have listed 'identity theft' as the fastest-growing type of crime and have highlighted 'biometrics' as a way to stay ahead of the thieves.
Cars fitted with the right equipment could identify certain drivers by their smell and refuse to start for people they do not recognise. Computers could fail to boot up unless a user's own pong matched that programmed into a sensor.
The leaked memo, Security Enforcement Notice 03/04, was compiled two months ago by the Communications Electronics and Security Group at GCHQ, the government spy centre. It describes a series of 'commonly used' technologies, including 'face recognition' as well as the analysis of hand and finger geometry, voices and eyes, as 'under research'. Gait, retina patterns and ear-shape are also being looked at, the memo says.

'Body odour' and 'skull resonance' - by which sound waves are passed through a head to produce a unique sonar profile - are also listed as possibilities. Government sources confirmed this weekend that both had been 'evaluated' as part of an investigation of biometric identity systems.

Attempts to build a database of the population's smells would be fiercely opposed, not least by the people whose job it was to go around the nation compiling it.

'It's not exactly the world's most glamorous job,' said one scientist last week. 'You'd spend years of your life working out how we all whiff.'

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