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UK gov’t authority to advise on biometrics ethics issues

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The Biometrics and Forensics Ethics Group (BFEG) has replaced the UK’s National DNA Database Ethics Group (NDNAD EG) and will examine and advise on ethical issues around all forensic identification techniques including the use biometrics such as facial recognition and fingerprinting.

The NDNAD EG was established in 2008, and provided advice to the Home Office on issues including the retention of DNA and DNA profiles, the establishment of a Central Elimination Database, the international exchange of DNA and rapid DNA technologies.

The BFEG will continue that work as well as provide advice on a range of new biometric and forensic topics and has put out a call for new members from a variety of professions, including genetics, forensic science, biometric data, data protection, the police, social science, political science, medical science and law.

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