INTERPOL experts discuss biometric data
12 December 2017 16:20 GMT

The first ever INTERPOL Fingerprint and Face Symposium, which brought together approximately 125 experts on fingerprint examination and facial recognition from 58 countries, was held last week in Lyon, France.

Speakers at the two-day conference included representatives from the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, the United Kingdom ACRO Criminal Records Office, and the Biometrics Institute, reported Homeland Preparedness News.

At the symposium, INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock urged law enforcement to move from a ‘need to know’ to a ‘need to share’ culture regarding biometric data on known and suspected terrorists.

“It is vital for our membership to continue the information flow through INTERPOL’s secure platform, as the proven method to close information gaps,” Stock said, reported the website.

Conference participants discussed the need to improve the quality of shared biometric and provided examples of instances in which integrating INTERPOL’s biometrics databases into their border checks resulted in the identification of potentially dangerous individuals.

Earlier this year, INTERPOL launched Project First to help law enforcement in member countries improve their border security by using biometric data, such as fingerprints and facial recognition.