A new report from Equifax has highlighted that 62% of British people would be open to exploring the possibility of retina recognition identification. 

The firm, which specialises in business and consumer insights, underlined that respondents were receptive to engaging with new forms of biometric verification, including 61% which highlighted fingerprint as a preferred form of verification and 57% that mapped out facial recognition and palm verifier.  

The far reaching survey did however highlight that heartbeat recognition (45%) and keystroke dynamics both received a mixed reaction in terms of potentially being utilised as a tool to enhance security through verification.

Keith McGill, Head of ID & Fraud at Equifax, commented: “It’s encouraging to see a healthy openness to try new forms of identification verification. Biometric verification is safer and less fallible than traditional, knowledge-based verification, and its future development and success will be an important pillar in the fight against online financial fraud.

“People will accept and adapt to technology that makes their lives easier and their finances more secure. However, developers, while making huge technological strides in their field, must be mindful of educating consumers on the inherent benefits biometric verification offer to build public trust and accelerate its mass adoption.”

Developing forms of biometric verification are unsurprisingly more prominent amongst 18-24 year olds, specifically in terms of fingerprint and voice recognition which continue to grow in popularity as a method to enhance security.