Biometrics must be deployed with security and privacy: Biometrics Institute

June 12, 2014 - 

The Biometrics Institute has issued a statement stressing the need for ”a better understanding of biometrics to help build trust into the secure technology and address common misconception.”

“Biometric technologies are extremely valuable but must be deployed with security and privacy front of mind,” says Isabelle Moeller, Chief Executive of the Biometrics Institute. “The Biometrics Institute is taking an active role in promoting the responsible use of biometrics by bringing together the users, vendors, academics and privacy experts to facilitate this important mission.”

According to the institute, it has developed a set of Privacy Guidelines to ensure that organizations using biometrics are making the balance right between security, convenience and privacy.

“There are a number of technologies, both software and hardware, that can be used to detect such spoofing attacks”, Moeller said. “The Biometrics Vulnerability Assessment Expert Group (BVAEG) – a subcommittee of the independent Biometrics Institute consisting of many of the most experienced experts in this area from around the world are addressing the need for vulnerability detection to be included with biometric devices as well as to promote standards, enhance privacy protection, performance measures and testing, and to help facilitate the dissemination of new research or findings in this area.”

Reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, the Biometrics Institute launched its annual Industry Survey earlier this year, and a full briefing from the findings is expected at Biometrics 2014, which is set to take place in October 2014.

“We have seen many successful implementations where biometrics have helped to transform identity management, privacy protection and identity security,” Moeller says. “Like electronic passports facilitating a better and more secure travel experience or large-scale identity management systems such as the Indian Unique Identity scheme which facilitates the delivery of government’s services to the poor and marginalised.”

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