Compromising freedom is evolutionary.
Thank you Joe. very well written, well considered and on point.
The issue of passwords is seasoned by money.
As you point out when passwords are eliminated as a system of identification and biometrics used a 'big brother' mentality takes over. A national identity system has been the goal since , well my lifetime, and likely going back to the very first tribal war so the survivors could identify the dead.
Biometrics, like all contemporary systems are based on a matching token. This is symmetrical, not even mirroring. My retinal scan matches a stored retinal scan, my password matches, my pin matches, my pattern matches. Answering questions as in a 2FA is similar to matching tokens though closer to mirroring symmetry.
The weak link in all this is two fold: 1) the user is system of securing the token; and 2) the gatekeeper's ability to secure it's token. Both are weak. Some biometrics can't change such as DNA and perhaps facial, while other biometrics may, such as retina. Unfortunately when biometrics are compromised you are permanently compromised for life. But again it is the money and ignorance that causes me to see biometrics as a the "Digital Security Edsel."
If you really want to eliminate the password, you can. We developed an asymmetrical algorithm which changes on each login preventing a copy or clone. You can learn more at bpidsecurity.com . But yes Joe, national identity is the government's choice. You are right, our choice should be authentication not identification.
Paul Swengler CEO BPID Security