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Like many other anti-fraud and identity-verification technologies, NuDetect aims to “identify the unique digital human behind the device,” through a combination of behavioral analytics, “passive” biometric verification, mass collection of behavioral data, and device tracking. The system collects hundreds of data-points about individual users, including how they hold their devices, their typing cadence, and the size of their fingers. Taken together, this data allows NuDetect to make predictions about whether a user is who they say they are. In 2017, NuDetect was acquired by Mastercard. Mastercard is a leading innovator in digital identification solutions and is a contractor for national ID systems in Nigeria and Kenya.

How secure should we feel about large corporations or governments having in-depth knowledge about our behaviors and habits? Could these behavioral data points be analyzed to draw other conclusions about us?