Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

First Advisor

Lori L. Sussman, Ed.D


Cyber Security, Biometrics


This project focuses on the prevalence of biometrics today, their various applications, and the biometric laws and legislations in place in the United States (U.S.) and Maine. Due to various threats and vulnerabilities imposing risk on collecting and using peoples’ biometric data, sufficient cyber protections related to citizens’ privacy rights, ethical control, and security of personally identifiable information (PII) must become necessary components of contemporary biometric laws and legislation. Without such explicit cyber protections, citizens participate in and comply with various technical domains and entities, such as private companies and governmental agencies, with minimal awareness or comprehension that their sensitive data is being collected, used, stored, or disseminated. In many other realms involving privacy jurisprudence, such as healthcare and credit reporting, comprehensive ethical and legal controls have been enacted to ensure the safety of citizens against security threats and privacy risks. However, biometric data has yet to be subject to the same scrutiny, leaving a litany of dangers for citizens in the U.S. and Maine. Thus, this project stressed that comprehensive biometric privacy laws be enacted nationally and locally in Maine and that they entail sufficient cyber protections with ethical and legal regulation


MS, Cyber Security