Biometrics Institute U.S. Conference

Biometrics Institute US Conference 20-21 March 2018 Mary Gates Learning Centre, Washington DC This one and a half day event will bring together industry experts with a focus on discussion and interaction around the key themes of authentication, privacy, vulnerabilities, data sharing & cyber-security. Plus presentations from the winners of the N2N Fingerprint Challenge.

Biometrics Institute working with UNCTED on biometrics and counter-terrorism project

The United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (UNCTED) and the Biometrics Institute will launch a Compendium of good practices and recommendations for biometric data collection, storage, and sharing in June, 2018, in support of UN Security Council Resolution 2322. Resolution 2322 calls on UN member states to share biometric data of foreign terrorist fighters in order to identify them and track their movements, but according to a Biometrics Institute blog post, “(t)here is currently a concerning lack of biometric information

UN migration agency introducing regional biometric data exchange solution

International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN’s migration agency, is working on introducing a biometric data exchange solution to help countries around the world effectively address irregular migration, according to a report by GovInsider. Donato Colucci, senior regional immigration and border management specialist at the IOM, discussed Regional Biometric Data Exchange Solution (RBDES) earlier this month at Interpol World 2017. The policy framework is designed to combat irregular migration, which can take the form of human trafficking and migrant smuggling,

UIDAI declining multiple requests by police to share Indian citizens’ biometrics

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the governing agency in charge of Aadhaar, has declined multiple requests from all law enforcement agencies, including the Delhi Police, for biometrics of citizens for criminal investigations, according to a report by The Indian Express. Investigating agencies such as CBI and NIA have been repeatedly requesting the details of Aadhaar cardholders including their biometrics, UIDAI said. UIDAI Deputy Director General Rajesh Kumar Singh has written to the heads of each agency, ordering them

Canada’s government coordinating biometric efforts

Canadian government agencies and police are coordinating the development of their biometric capabilities, according to a report published in Motherboard. Over the last year, Canada’s military, national police, border agency and intelligence establishment have reportedly been sharing information to “foster collaboration between federal departments and agencies that have an interest in biometric technologies and their application”, according to a National Defence spokesperson. The article notes that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the Canadian

EU agencies join forces to protect European citizens’ data privacy rights

Two European Union agencies responsible for advising government agencies on fundamental rights have joined forces to help safeguard the data privacy rights of EU citizens, according to a report by Bloomberg BNA. European Union Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) and the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the sharing of information and working together on research projects. The agreement between the two agencies makes sense considering their overlapping goals. The FRA provides “expert advice”

Biometrics Institute concerned about French bill restricting the use of biometric technologies

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

European Data Protection Supervisor rejects data transfer pact between the EU and US

According to a BBC report, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has said that a data transfer pact between the EU and US needs “significant improvements”. The EU-US Privacy Shield agreement was created to replace the Safe Harbour pact and was supposed to safeguard EU citizens’ personal information when stored in the US, but in a statement EDPS Giovanni Buttarelli said that the Privacy Shield agreement was “not robust enough”. “I appreciate the efforts made to develop a solution to

Global privacy law research supports on-device matching

Matching biometric data on a device better satisfies global privacy requirements than matching it on a server, particularly with regards to personal control, and data residency, according to new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP. Biometric authentication and cloud computing are gaining popularity at the same time, and cloud capabilities like rapid scaling and remote storage have apparent benefits for some biometric deployments, but the research suggests that the privacy laws make realizing those benefits challenging, if not impossible. Biometrics and

NEC Australia awarded contract for CrimTrac’s new biometrics platform

Last week the Australian government announced that NEC Australia has been awarded the contract to deliver CrimTrac’s “next generation” biometrics crime-fighting tool, according to a report in Delimiter. The $52-million system will replace the fingerprint and palm print database and matching system in use by police across Australia. The new system is expected to go live in 2017. CrimTrac is responsible for developing and maintaining national information-sharing services between state, territory and federal law enforcement agencies. It was established to