Biometric travel and reducing algorithmic bias among projects chosen for UK ICO sandbox

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The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has selected 10 projects from among 64 applications for using public sector data for public benefit to go through beta testing in its regulatory sandbox, UKAuthority reports.

The 10 projects, chosen from the public and private sector include using biometrics, and facial recognition in particular, to streamline passenger journeys at Heathrow Airport, an Onfido research project into identifying and mitigating algorithmic bias in machine learning models used for remote biometric identity verification, and an exploration of the use of voice technology by Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK for healthcare applications that address data privacy issues.

Authentication company TrustElevate is working on compliant checks for parental consent and age, and other projects deal with service delivery for crime prevention, collecting and managing patient consent for healthcare data sharing, and forensic analytics for monitoring the flow of money to gather intelligence on financial crime without relying on personally identifying information.

“The sandbox will help companies and public bodies deliver new products and services of real benefit to the public, with assurance that they have tackled built-in data protection at the outset,” said UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham in a statement.

The beta projects are scheduled to be completed by September 2020.

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