Dead keys
Posted by aogWednesday, 14 December 2005 at 08:37 TrackBack Ping URL

Since I’m getting older, I’ve been thinking about getting my affairs in order. At the same time, She Who Is Perfect In All Ways has been talking to me about biometric security systems. These are systems that use physical properties of a person to determine identity (what the security geeks call “authentication”). But that presents an interesting problem for inheritance. Before, you could leave keys or other physical keys behind. Even now you can leave passwords. But what happens when much of your assets are accessible via biometrics? That’s a key that you take with you when you go.Of course, it will be possible to set up other authentication procedures but it will require a higher degree of pre-planning. Physical possession will no longer be enough for heirs to enjoy their inheritance.

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