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Biometrics Institute updates stakeholders on progress of proposed Privacy Trust Mark

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The Biometrics Institute has released a summary paper updating members and stakeholders on the progress of and next steps for its proposed Privacy Trust Mark.

The Privacy Trust Mark Summary Paper gives an overview of the two stages completed to date; stage one delivered a feasibility study and roadmap while stage two delivered a self-assessment questionnaire and Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) template which will be trialed as part of stage three of the project.

A formal project update will be delivered at the Biometrics Institute Asia-Pacific Conference in Sydney, Australia on 25-26 May 2016 and London Member Meeting on 24 June 2016.

“We are now speaking with a number of potential trial partner organisations from various sectors,” said Isabelle Moeller, chief executive of the Biometrics Institute. “It is encouraging to know our members see value in this proposition and want to be partners in taking it forward. This reinforces the industry’s appetite for initiatives that promote the responsible use of biometrics, which is the basis for everything we do here at the Biometrics Institute.”

“There is a lot of discussion currently around how to build trust in biometrics and that is why we are doing this body of work,” commented the Hon Terry Aulich, Head of the Biometrics Institute Privacy Expert Group. “Ensuring a rigorous and scientific process is key to the success of the Privacy Trust Mark hence the trials will be a very crucial stage in this journey. The trials will help us test and refine the proposed self-assessment criteria and subsequent evaluation methodology.”

Since its establishment in October 2001, the Biometrics Institute has led a number of initiatives to promote good privacy practice and driven international dialogue around biometrics and privacy.

“At our recent events in Washington and Amsterdam, our members emphasised how important increased cross-sector collaboration is to ensuring the industry proactively addresses emerging privacy issues,” said Moeller. “We see the Biometric Institute having a key role in facilitating this type of engagement and we are continually looking at how we can better offer this to our members.”

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