June 4, 2016 -
The Biometrics Institute has informed the French Senate and National Assembly of its concerns regarding proposed amendments to the 1978 Data Protection Act which would limit the use of biometric technologies.
The Institute`s submission raises concern regarding the broader impacts of restricting the use of biometric technologies, including impeding the development of French and European technologies, especially in the biometrics area. The submission also highlights uses of biometric technologies that are legitimate, responsible and provide economic and societal benefits.
In its submission, the Biometrics Institute encourages reconsideration of the proposal as well as open consultation and engagement with key stakeholders to ensure positive privacy and data protection outcomes while not hindering innovation capacity development.
“Our Biometrics Institute Privacy Awareness Checklist and Privacy Guidelines have been developed to promote good privacy and data protection practice and be guidance documents for members and stakeholders,” explains Isabelle Moeller, Chief Executive of the Biometrics Institute. “A key focus for us at the Biometrics Institute is to raise awareness and educate stakeholders and the public about best practices for the responsible use of biometrics and we would be delighted to take part in this important dialogue.”