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Digital Identity & Biometrics Workshop

21 May 2024, 13:30-17:00

Rydges Darling Square

This half-day workshop will take place alongside the Biometrics Institute Asia-Pacific Conference 2024. This satellite workshop will dive deeper into the topic of digital identity and biometrics.


21 May 2024


13:30 – 17:00


Rydges Darling Square, Sydney


For the past 20 years, the Biometrics Institute has provided guidance and education on biometrics helping its members to deliver on our mission of promoting the responsible and ethical use of biometrics. The Biometrics Institute Three Laws of Biometrics stresses that policy must come first, followed by process and then technology – which should be guided by policy and process: Know your algorithm, biometric system, data quality and operating environment and mitigate vulnerabilities, limitations and risks.

The session will provide deeper insights into two important guiding documents:

Digital onboarding and biometrics and Digital identity and biometric authentication.

It will further discuss important considerations around biometric vulnerabilities.

It will address questions such as:

–  What constraints need to apply where on-boarding platforms carry out a face biometric selfie match against an image the user captures from a printed photo on a document        (like a driver licence photo)?

–  What other safeguards should be in place for an on-boarding process?

–  In Australia, a government face verification service offers checking against a database of Australian face images. Is it a good concept that could be extended more widely, are there other international examples, and what might prevent this wider adoption?

–  How can digital identities be used across a wide range of service delivery mechanisms? How does this intersect with the different capabilities of service channels to capture certain biometric information?

–  To what extent do technical advances create risks for biometrics in digital identity? (For example widespread consumer availability of biometric tech may lead to easier data harvesting of face identities, or deepfakes that make it easier to impersonate someone else when creating a digital identity)

–  What challenges does interoperability present either for, or that can be resolved with, biometrics?


Brett Feldon is a Biometrics Institute Advisory Council member and is Head of the Biometrics Institute’s Digital Identity Expert Group (DIG). He was previously on the board of the Institute from November 2011 until March 2019 and is based in Sydney, Australia. Brett’s professional experience includes management and oversight of deployments of voice biometrics solutions in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and the US, across a range of industries and government departments. The DIG has worked on a range of topics with regards to biometrics and digital identity and helped release the Digital Onboarding and Biometrics guiding paper in March 2021, and the Digital Identity and Biometric Authentication paper in March 2023


End-users, integrators, application developers and others interested in digital identity.


Members: AU$590 incl. GST
Non-members: AU$825 incl. GST
Academic Subscriber:  AU$275 incl. GST
Academic Non-Subscriber: AU$590 incl. GST


The Biometrics Institute provides training and course material as a tool to help you conduct due diligence. While the Institute has used reasonable care to ensure the accuracy of the material and course, due to the content and variable inputs during and after the process of implementing biometrics, the Institute cannot be held accountable for outcomes or compliance. The material and course have been prepared for informational purposes only and are not intended to provide legal or compliance advice. You should consult your legal advisor should you require advice on the legal or compliance aspects of the material or course.