Biometrics Institute pushes agenda for ethical use of biometrics
28 January 2019 16:22 GMT

The Biometrics Institute has announced to its members and stakeholders that several projects are under way promoting the responsible and ethical use of biometrics.

“Every two years the Institute undertakes a review of its Privacy Guidelines to ensure that it keeps up with the fast-paced technology advances we are observing,” says Isabelle Moeller, Chief Executive of Biometrics Institute, “it allows our biometrics community to agree on requirements and good-practices that these developments pose as challenges to our industry”.

The Privacy Guidelines are intended to be a guide across many different countries and jurisdictions. They consider that biometrics and information technologies do connect beyond national boundaries and across different fields as diverse as health records, border controls, retail, consumer-based applications in the telecommunications industry, finance and banking and drivers’ licenses.

The Guidelines contain sixteen principles addressing issues such as Respect for Client Privacy, Proportionality, Informed Consent, Protection of Biometric Data Collected, Purpose, Accountability, Sharing of biometric data, Transmission of Biometric Data Beyond National Boundaries and Employee Biometric Data Must be Protected.

Another important project in progress is the creation of Ethical Principles for Biometrics, a codified set of ethical principles for Institute members to observe. Guidance has again been provided on this by the Biometrics Institute Privacy Expert Group (PEG), and the Institute is now consulting externally with regulators and human rights as well as privacy advocates on this project with the aim to release it in the first quarter of 2019.