February 3, 2015 -
Biometrics Institute announced it has hired Lockstep Consulting to conduct a feasibility study for its Biometrics Institute Trust Mark certification program.
As previously reported, the Biometrics Institute began working on the Trust Mark certification program in October, which it said at the time would reassure the public about the responsible use of biometrics, and will make privacy compliance more transparent and easier to understand.
The Trust Mark certification program will cover specific criteria, which Biometrics Institute will then use to test members’ biometric products and services against. Those products and services that pass will then be given Trust Mark to show their compliance.
The main purpose of the feasibility report will be to determine how a Biometrics Institute Trust Mark will work.
Proposals for the feasibility study were initially submitted to an international panel of experts, after which, the Biometrics Institute’s board decided to award the contract to Lockstep Consulting.
The Biometrics Institute will consult with its members and key stakeholders through the feasibility process, which will start later this month and be completed in March.
“Privacy and building trust in biometric technologies has been top of the agenda for the Biometrics Institute since its foundation in October 2001,” said Isabelle Moeller, CEO of the Biometrics Institute. “The Trust Mark shall give consumers confidence in the responsible use of an identity product or services. Creating consumer trust in why their biometric information is being collected and how it is handled, stored and potentially deleted is essential for the success of this industry.”