Group to address public sector biometrics challenges
02 October 2018 14:21 GMT

The IJIS Institute – a nonprofit alliance working to promote and enable technology in the public sector has announced the creation of a new Biometrics Task Force.

In a statement, the IJIS said this group will address the issues around, and improve the awareness of, Biometrics technology, policy, privacy, ethics issues, interoperability, best practices, and success stories within the context of public safety, criminal justice, and government-sector business processes.

The Biometrics Task Force will be jointly managed with IJIS Institute’s strategic partner, International Biometrics + Identity Association, who will provide a co-chair for the task force and support the group’s work with expertise and resources.

The IJIS Institute chair of this new Biometrics Task Force is Benji Hutchison, Vice President of Federal Operations, Advanced Recognition Systems Division, NEC Corporation of America. In speaking about the Task Force, Hutchison noted that, “Given the current political and social climate, now is the perfect time to expand awareness and education on the capabilities, limitations, and policy implications of biometrics technology. Everyone sees daily headlines on facial recognition technology in law enforcement and border security scenarios. There is amazing potential in these technologies for the public sector, and legitimate differences in opinion on appropriate use of these technologies that should be resolved in the public policy arena. The IJIS Institute and International Biometrics + Identity Association are exceptionally well qualified to take on these challenges as organizations that bring together innovative thinking from the private sector, practitioners, national practice associations, and academic organizations that are working to solve public-sector information and technology challenges.”

The Biometrics Task Force will create the framework for driving future discussions on the use of Biometrics-related technologies in the public safety, criminal justice, and government sectors. The Biometrics Task Force will create information resources for executive and policy makers, identify policy guidelines for implementation, identify requirements to address interoperability challenges, and collect and disseminate best practices on Biometrics technology use. A key focus of the Biometrics Task Force will be research and identification of benefits and challenges associated with public-sector Biometrics technology use, and identification of strategies associated with those challenges.