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The Great Debate: discussing the responsible and ethical use of biometrics – hosted by Microsoft

6 June 2019, 09:30-13:45

Brussels, Belgium (in-person event)

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Be part of this unique interactive event to discuss how we can make the world a safer place through the responsible and ethical use of biometrics. Come and join us in shaping the future.

The Brussels event will be hosted by Microsoft


Following the successful Biometrics and GDPR seminar in Brussels in 2018, we are returning to Europeā€™s capital to facilitate an essential dialogue about the future of biometrics. We are delighted that Microsoft has agreed to host this meeting in BrusselsĀ and that Gemalto, a Thales company, is joining us as our thought leadership sponsor.


Our thought leadership sponsor


Closely aligned to our strategy of providing thought leadership and guidance to the biometrics community, this event will provide a unique platform for open, off-the-record discussion with some of the key players in biometrics.

We are bringing together:

  • Regulators and privacy advocates
  • Key international and European institutions
  • Biometrics and industry experts
  • Private sector organisations and government

Agenda summary

Microsoft will give an open address, which will be followed by a presentation from the Biometrics Institute about our Ethical Principles for Biometrics. You will then have the opportunity to listen and take part in discussion sessions:

  1. A mixed panel of influential presenters discussing how our community has the power to shape the future of biometrics responsibly
  2. An open, interactive session where members have the opportunity to engage directly with the panel experts

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Roger Baldwin – Biometrics Institute Advisory Council
  • Christian Dā€™Cunha – European Data Protection Supervisor
  • Cornelia Kutterer – Senior Director, EU Government Affairs, Microsoft
  • Rocco Messina – United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism
  • Ann-Charlotte Nygard – European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

  • Raphael de Cormis – Vice-president Innovation Labs, Gemalto

Microsoft will host a networking breakfast at 9.30 to kick off the event and close with a networking lunch at 13.00 (close of event at 13.45).

Registration is free on a first-come-first-served basis but priority will be given to members (maximum three per organisation as space is limited) with non-members placed on a waiting list.

Please note that the Chatham House Rule applies to the event and no media will be present.

Registrations are closed for this event