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Privacy expert Dr. Els Kindt joins EAB board

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Dr. Els Kindt of Belgian research university KU Leuven has been appointed to the board of the European Biometrics Association (EAB) at the EAB’s general assembly.

Kindt is a renowned expert on European Data Protection law and privacy, and her appointment comes as GDPR comes into force, prioritizing privacy and its protection on the European agenda. Privacy is also one of the four challenges the EAB is addressing with its newly launched strategy, along with migration, digital ID, and inclusion.

“I am honored to be appointed as board member and look forward to work with the European ID stakeholders to work on frameworks and guidelines for digital identity systems that are fair, accessible, secure and private,” Kindt comments.

Along with privacy and GDPR, Kindt brings expertise in Privacy-by-design principles to the EAB board. She joins Dr. Farzin Deravi of the University of Kent, who is an expert in biometric standards and testing, and Rasa Karbauskaite of Frontex, who is an expert in borders and immigration, in providing specific expertise required by the EAB to carry out its ambitious strategy.

“The appointment comes in a time where many of the privacy breaches of personal data, remain unchallenged, undetected, unregulated… unknown. In the context of (digital) identity, privacy means “personal self-determination,” the personal control of data and the freedom of choice to use, share and delete,” van der Veen told Biometric Update. “Having Prof. Dr. Els Kindt in our board brings in-depth expertise on the topic of privacy and will support EAB in our strategy to provide substance matter support the ID community.”

The EAB Research Projects Conference 2018 took place in Darmmstadt, Germany, September 24 to 25, and the European Biometrics Research and Industry Awards are taking place September 26.

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