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US Conference 2020

24 March-25 March

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Plus: 23 March 2020 – Good Practice Framework consultative workshop click here

In the last 12 months we have seen a contrast emerge between the apparent acceptance of the ubiquitous use of biometrics in the private sector and public concerns regarding the use of the technology for security, identification and e-government services in the public sector. Public opinion has played a big role in influencing policy directions. In parts of the US, there has been a strong regulatory response to limit the public use of biometrics. In comparison, user take-up of a broad range of private sector systems is high, and often unrelated to the quality of assurances regarding privacy and data protection policies provided.

We are delighted to have Patrick Grother to speak at this conference. Patrick is the biometric standards and testing lead from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He is the author of Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT)  report released in December 2019 and will be speaking on bias in biometrics and demographic differentials. He will be joined by John Howard from The Maryland Test Facility.

Our annual US Conference follows on from our recent Biometrics Institute Congress in London and the member meeting we held in DC in September.  Through a series of keynotes, conversations and panel discussions, the event will focus on:

  • Technology challenges
  • Regulation
  • Privacy
  • Data security
  • Data sharing
  • Use cases and challenges
  • The business of biometrics
  • Spoofing and morphing

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Patrick Grother, Biometric Standards and Testing Lead and author of the Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT)  report, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA
  • Shonnie Lyon, Director, Office of Biometrics Identity Management (OBIM), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), USA

  • John Howard, Principal Data Scientist, The Maryland Test Facility, USA
  • Frank Torres, Senior Policy Director, Microsoft, USA
  • Amanda Koulousias, Staff Attorney, Division of Privacy & Identity Protection, Federal Trade Commission, USA
  • P. Jonathon Phillips, Electronic Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA
  • Jean-Philippe Morange, Senior Legal Officer, United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (UNCTED)

  • Richard W. Vorder Bruegge, Senior Physical Scientist, FBI – OTD – DFAS, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), USA

  • Brendan Crean, Programme Director, Home Office Biometrics Programme, Home Office, UK
  • Michael Hardin, Director, Entry/Exit Policy and Planning, US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), USA

  • Brenda Leong, Senior Counsel and Director of AI and Ethics, Future of Privacy Forum, USA

  • Kris Ranganath, VP, Technology & Solutions Development, NEC Corporation of America, USA

  • Niall McCann, Policy Advisor/Project Manager, Legal Identity, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

  • Daniel Bachenheimer, Director, Biometrics Institute
  • Roger Baldwin, Advisory Group Member, Biometrics Institute
  • Jeffrey Neuburger, Member of Privacy Expert Group (PEG), Biometrics Institute
  • Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, Speech, Privacy and Technology Program, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), USA
  • Richard Agostinelli, Advisory Council Member, Biometrics Institute
  • Brian J. Broderick, Deputy Chief, Identity and Information Management Division (IIMD), Immigration Records and Identity Services (IRIS), US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), USA

  • Thirimachos Bourlai, Associate Professor, Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University, USA
  • Arun Vemury, Director, Biometric and Identity Technology Center, U.S. Department of Homeland   Security, Science and Technology Directorate, USA
  • Clare Garvie, Senior Associate, Center on Privacy and Technology, Georgetown University, USA
  • Mei Ngan, Computer Scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA
  • Michael King, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Cyber Security, Florida Institute of Technology’s Harris Institute for Assured Information – Identity Lab, USA

Participation is from US government, industry, our international network, our supplier community, academics and privacy advisers. 

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23 March 2020: CONSULTATIVE WORKSHOP: Navigating the Biometrics Institute Good Practice Framework

Time to roll up your sleeves and apply biometrics good practice to operational scenarios!

The Biometrics Institute Good Practice Framework is a first-of-its-kind good practice tool for biometrics that outlines the stages of the strategic planning, procurement and operation of a biometric system or network. Its primary function is to provide a structured pathway through the factors that may influence or constrain a biometric application.

We are exclusively inviting members to take part in the second round of consultations, to test the as-yet-unpublished framework with real life scenarios before we release it more widely later this year. We are looking for people with a varying degree of expertise from across our biometrics community to roll up their sleeves and actively take part in a consultative workshop. We are also inviting regulators and privacy advocates to add their perspectives.

You can read more here.

The consultative workshops are free for Biometrics Institute members and we expect high demand, so please register your interest by emailing carolyn@biometricsinstitute.org.

The event will be held under Chatham House Rule and will be off-the-record (no media) to facilitate open dialogue between our members and stakeholders.

Further information on all three days will be released shortly.

If you would like more information, have comments for the agenda or have an interest in sponsorship, please email michelle@biometricsinstitute.org.


Mary Gates Learning Center
701 North Fairfax Street
VA 22314


User Member: USD 500
User Non Member: USD 700
Supplier Member: USD 700
Supplier Non Member: USD 1400

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24 March
25 March
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Washington DC
VA United States


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