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Response to UK Parliament Science and Technology Committee inquiry on current and future uses of biometric data and technologies

September 2014

Executive Summary:

  • Biometrics is a powerful identity tool that is being trialled in the financial industries for authentication purposes.
  • The use of biometrics should be treated with caution because of the issues it raises of security (e.g. people mimicking the biometric), inclusion (e.g. people not having the appropriate features for biometrics), and availability of systems (e.g. broken systems, environmental factors such as temperature).
  • There is an inherent tension in the use of biometrics between convenience and privacy that will make it difficult to manage through legislation. If Government wants to promote the use of biometrics, it should prioritise research into remote, unattended use as this is the higher risk area.

To read the full consultation response, click on the link below.

On 7 March 2015, the House of Commons published a report in response to this inquiry Current and future uses of biometric data and technologies.

This highlights the risks and benefits of emerging biometric trends, and calls on the Government to publish a comprehensive, cross-departmental forensics and biometrics strategy by the end of 2015.

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