UK government appoints new biometrics commissioner

The UK’s Home Office recently announced the appointment of the governor of Sheffield Hallam University as the government’s new biometrics commissioner. According to a report in Police Professional, Professor Paul Wiles has taken over the role from Alastair MacGregor QC, who has completed his three-year tenure. Professor Wiles has previously worked as an academic criminologist at a number of universities and until 2015, he served as an advisor to the Sentencing Council. Wiles was previously the chief scientific adviser to

Documents reveal UK government’s out-of-court settlements over unlawful biometrics storage

The UK Home Office has been attempting to keep under wraps three out-of-court settlements with claimants who accused the police of unlawfully storing their biometric information, according to a report by The Register. Independent Biometrics Commissioner, Alastair MacGregor QC, overseeing the government’s use of biometric data, has repeatedly brought up issues in the past regarding the retention of the biometrics of arrested individuals. The Commissioner wrote in his annual report for 2015 that based on the PNC’s “limitations”, it was

Biometrics and border management, voice, fingerprint and facial recognition trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Border management The International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) released a new white paper titled “Closing the Loop: Completing Biometric U.S. Entry-Exit” that outlines the growing need for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to partner with the biometrics industry and fulfil its longstanding mandate for biometric exit. The paper discusses arguments against biometric exit and shows how common assumptions about costs

UK biometrics report calls police use of facial recognition questionable

UK Biometrics Commissioner Alastair R. MacGregor, QC publicly released his second annual report last quarter. The Biometrics Commissioner is independent of the UK Government. His role is to keep under review the retention and use by the police of DNA samples, DNA profiles and fingerprints. The post was created in 2012 under the Protection of Freedoms Act. His report for 2014-2015 was submitted to the UK Home Office and a copy was provided to the UK Parliament this month. The