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UK Science and Technology Committee to host biometric data and technologies session

The UK’s Science and Technology Committee will hold its session November 26 at 9.15 a.m. at the House of Commons to address the current and future uses of biometric data and technologies.

Previously reported, the Science and Technology Committee made an inquiry back in August regarding the potential use and collection of biometric data, as well as whether or not the regulations in this relatively new field are sufficient.

The session will address the future applications of biometrics with a focus on the science supporting biometric technologies, along with some of the legislative and regulatory issues that these developments may bring up.

The meeting’s attendees will comprise of academic experts (panel 1), industry players (panel 2), and representatives from various business and civil liberties groups (panel 3).

Academic experts to attend include retired professor Juliet Lodge, formerly of University of Leeds representing the Biometrics Institute, political geography professor Louise Amoore from Durham University, professor Sue Black, director of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at University of Dundee.

Industry experts include Sir John Adye, chairman of Identity Assurance Systems, Ben Fairhead, biometric systems engineer at 3M, and Erik Bowman of Northrop Grumman.

And finally, representatives from business and civil liberties groups include Andrew Tyrer, head of enabling technology at Innovate UK, Emma Carr, director of Big Brother Watch, and Dr Peter Waggett, chairman of British Standards Institution Technical Committee IST/44.

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