Biometrics Institute boasts newly-elected board, upcoming events

January 27, 2014 - 

The Biometrics Institute has announced its newly-elected Board, which includes representatives from Immigration New Zealand, the FBI and UK Ministry of justice.

“I look forward to serving on the Board and seeing how we can engage with key players in the biometrics community here in Europe and across the northern hemisphere to supplement the excellent work that has already been done south of the Equator” Roger Baldwin of the Metropolitan Police Service (UK) and newly appointed Deputy Chairman of the Biometrics Institute said, “There are some significant challenges facing the industry, as we discussed at a recent meeting, but the potential coordinating role of the Institute will be vital in bringing together an increasingly diverse, global range of users and suppliers across biometric applications.”

The full list of the group’s Board is available on the Biometrics Institute website. 

According to the group, one of the first activities of 2014 is its support of Data Privacy Day, which will be held – as it is each year – on January 28.

“The challenge to protect privacy was a key theme and was related to the protection of identity and the need to focus on tools that would protect both, privacy and identity, for example through counter-spoofing techniques” Isabelle Moeller, Chief Executive, Biometrics Institute said of a recent event focused on facial biometrics. “A very topical discussion when we see a large face detection screen appear at Canary Wharf in London and Google glasses finding greater take up. It reaffirms the need for an independent organisation like the Institute to raise awareness about how to use such technologies responsibly”.

A range of other events has also been announced and this includes the 2nd Identities at the Borders Seminar on the 29 April 2014 in Brussels, the Biometrics Institute Asia-Pacific Conference to be held on the 28-29 May 2014 in Sydney, followed by a Digital Identities and Authentication Seminar on the 4 June 2014 in Wellington and the Biometrics Institute Showcase on the 26 June 2014 in London. Training and special networking events are also taking place: Introduction to Biometrics Short-course with biometric expert Prof Jim Wayman – 10-11 February 2014 in London and 1st USA Reception – 17 March 2014 in Washington at the Australian Embassy.

Reported previously, following news that the iPhone 5S had been hacked using primitive fingerprint-lifting and manufacturing techniques, the Institute called for widespread spoof detection adoption.

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