Biometrics to prevent fraud in public assistance services in Massachusetts

A new measure designed to study different ways to detect fraud in the state’s public assistance programs has been approved recently by the Massachusetts House, including the possible use of fingerprints

The measure requires the Department of Transitional Assistance and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services to look at the feasibility of adopting a biometric authentication system.

Biometrics to prevent fraud in public assistance services in Massachusetts

A biometric authentication system that uses a person’s biometric identifiers, such as fingerprints, will allow to cross-check people enrollment in different public assistance programs to see if there is a match.

Application of new technologies could save the state millions by preventing individuals from fraudulently claiming public benefits they don’t qualify for.

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http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/28932759/measure-would-study-biometrics-to-help-curb-assistance-fraud

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