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Biometrics Institute revises its Biometrics Privacy Guidelines

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The Biometrics Institute has finalized the revised version of its Biometrics Privacy Guidelines and has made it available to all its members.

“The Biometrics Privacy Guidelines have been designed by the Biometrics Institute to provide a guide for suppliers, end users, researchers, managers and purchasers of biometric systems,” said Isabelle Moeller, chief executive of the Biometrics Institute. “It is the public’s assurance that the biometric managers have followed best practice privacy principles when designing, implementing and managing biometric based projects.”

The privacy guidelines are intended to be a guide across many different countries and jurisdictions and take into account that biometrics and information technologies do connect beyond national boundaries and across different fields as diverse as health records, border controls, retail, consumer based applications in the telecommunications industry, finance and banking and drivers’ licenses.

The biometrics privacy guidelines contain sixteen principles addressing issues including respect for client privacy, informed consent, protection of biometric data collected, purpose, accountability, sharing of biometric data, transmission of biometric data beyond national boundaries and protection of employee biometric data.

The biometrics privacy guidelines are available to organizations joining the Biometrics Institute or renewing their membership to provide guidance for the implementation of biometric technologies.

Another review of the guidlines will take place in two years.

The Biometrics Institute launched a Privacy Awareness Checklist in 2010 to assist members in a quick an easy way to assess privacy impacts when using biometrics and provides a snapshot in time of where the organization sits in regards to privacy.

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