Biometrics ethics group launches in the UK
17 August 2017 15:37 GMT

In the UK, a new government authority plans to look at the ethical issues surrounding the use of biometrics.

The Biometrics and Forensics Ethics Group (BFEG) has replaced the National DNA Database Ethics Group (NDNAD EG).

The new body will have a broader remit, examining ethical issues around all forensic identification techniques. These include facial recognition technology and fingerprinting.

The move is in line with recommendations made within the Triennial Review of Home Office Science non-departmental public bodies.

The NDNAD EG was established in 2008, and provided advice to the Home Office on issues, including policies for the retention of DNA and DNA profiles, the establishment of a Central Elimination Database, international exchange of DNA, Y-STR (short tandem repeat on the Y-chromosone) profiling and rapid DNA technologies.

Like its predecessor, the BFEG is an Advisory Non Departmental Public Body. It will provide strategic independent advice to the Home Office ensuring that the evidence underpinning biometrics and forensics policy development is robust. The BFEG will continue all the active work programmes of the NDNAD EG as well as providing advice on a range of new biometric and forensic topics.