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Biometrics Institute and IOM webinar highlights responsible use of biometrics


Earlier this week the Biometrics Institute and UN Migration Agency IOM delivered a joint webinar titled “Understanding Biometrics: Good-practices for Implementing Biometric Systems” that attracted more than 160 participants from IOM Missions around the world.

According to the announcement, the webinar focused on the main principles of successful implementation of biometrics systems and highlighted the responsible use of biometrics, including ensuring privacy and data protection. It also provided better understanding about challenges that IOM Missions in the field face when implementing projects with a biometric component – and access to technical knowledge and international specifications.

“Since concluding our Memorandum of Understanding in 2017, IOM and the Biometrics Institute have been expanding a mutually beneficial cooperation agenda,” said Florian Forster, Head of IOM Immigration and Border Management Division. “For IOM, the Biometrics Institute offers access to world-class technical expertise and guidance materials. IOM’s global programming helps to expand the geographic coverage of BI engagement and provides reality checks from the field, lessons learned from applying biometric technologies in challenging locations where IOM provides technical assistance.”

The webinar reached more than 160 staff from IOM Missions in 38 countries including a range of countries across Western and Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, such as Armenia, Belarus, Chad, Congo, Ethiopia, Iraq, Kuwait, Moldova, Nepal, Rwanda, Sudan, Thailand, Uganda and Vietnam.

“One of the pillars of the Institute’s strategy is to provide a platform for independent information and education for the responsible use of biometrics,” explains Isabelle Moeller, Chief Executive of Biometrics Institute. “This collaboration with IOM is a huge success in providing good-practice guidance to regions where we are not able to physically be present.”

In September the Biometrics Institute published its good-practice guide Understanding Biometrics – Considerations for Implementing a Biometric System to help enterprises consider the various factors necessary to select a system which is relevant and appropriate. And in October 270 Institute members and stakeholders met to agree on an action plan to promote the responsible and ethical use of biometrics.

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