Biometrics Institute announces workshops in collaboration with UN Counter-Terrorism agencies

Biometrics Institute announces workshops in collaboration with UN Counter-Terrorism agencies

The Biometrics Institute and the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) are moving forward with the next phase of their joint collaboration on the use of biometrics in counter-terrorism with targeted regional workshops to strengthen the awareness, knowledge and capabilities of countries.

The first phase of the collaboration resulted in the “United Nations Compendium of Recommended Practices for the Responsible Use & Sharing of Biometrics in Counter Terrorism,” which was officially launched in June during a meeting of UN Member States’ counter-terrorism agency heads at UN Headquarters in New York.

The workshops will be organized by the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF), with assistance from the Biometrics Institute, regional and international organizations. Expert consultants provided by the Institute will run the workshops and ensure that all sections of the Compendium are understood. The Institute will also promote its Privacy Guidelines, and recommend they are used along with the Compendium.

The support and technical expertise of the Biometrics Institute was praised by UN Office of Counter-Terrorism Under-Secretary-General Vladimir Voronkov and Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) and Executive Director of CTED Michèle Coninsx.

“As our work becomes more complex and more focused on certain thematic areas, including biometrics, I trust that we can continue to rely upon invaluable support and expertise from the Biometrics Institute, a key partner of CTED, who brings its experience on the responsible use of biometrics,” comments Coninsx.

The Institute will draw on its membership base for expert and consultant support, and says there may be opportunities for vendors to sponsor or attend workshops.

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