FB pixel

Fraser Samson named new UK Commissioner for Biometrics and Surveillance Camera compliance

Former law enforcement official takes on dual role
 

cctv-security-systems

The new UK Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner is Fraser Samson, who was appointed to the newly combined role by Home Secretary Priti Patel to oversee compliance with the nation’s Surveillance Camera Code and police rules for DNA and fingerprint biometrics use.

Both commissioners roles have involved significant interaction with biometrics deployments, with Former Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter creating a guidance document for the establishment of live facial recognition programs by police in late-2020.

Samson took up the post on March 1 and is expected to serve in the role for at least three years.

He has previously served as Honorary Professor and Research Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University, and is a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. He has also served as Chief Executive of the Police, Fire and Crime Commission for North Yorkshire from 2016 to 2019 among other roles in law enforcement.

“It is vital the government works to empower police to use technology to keep the public safe while maintaining their trust and Fraser Sampson’s extensive experience in law and policing makes him the right person to take up this role,” Patel said in the announcement.

Former Biometrics Commissioner Paul Wiles noted in an interim report in December that the new Commissioner will require significant support, and that Parliament had determined the Protection of Freedoms Act of 2012 entails separate roles for the positions.

“I’m delighted to have been appointed to cover these two distinct but increasingly overlapping roles,” comments Samson. “I look forward to working with all partners in what is a fast-moving and challenging area of balancing the public interest considerations with the rights of individuals.”

Porter spoke to Biometric Update about how to ensure facial recognition is used for good as he joined Corsight as its new chief privacy officer.

Article Topics

 |   |   |   |   |   |   | 

Latest Biometrics News

 

Biometrics cutting the line of in-person payments innovations: Mastercard

Mastercard sees biometrics for in-store payments as a part of a broader shift towards seamless interactions of all kinds, as…

 

New South Wales’ government is investing millions in digital identity

New South Wales’ decentralized digital identity program is getting a cash infusion from the Premier Chris Minns’ government, which has…

 

Innovatrics cuts fingerprint error rate by 20%, upgrades SmartFace platform

Innovatrics has reported its best-yet scores in NIST’s fingerprint biometrics testing, and added a new feature to its facial recognition…

 

Canadian cruise terminal gets Pangiam face biometrics for ID verification

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have joined forces to implement face biometrics for…

 

Atlantic Council stresses importance of DPI, data for stronger digital economies

The Atlantic Council has highlighted the importance of digital identity and digital public infrastructure (DPI) in birthing and growing strong,…

 

Sri Lanka extends bid deadline for national digital ID project

The Government of Sri Lanka has extended the deadline for the submission of bids for the procurement of a Master…

Comments

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Most Read This Week

Featured Company

Biometrics Insight, Opinion

Digital ID In-Depth

Biometrics White Papers

Biometrics Events