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Media Release: Biometrics Institute drives agenda for the responsible and ethical use of biometrics for digital identity

“It is an exciting time for biometrics. Biometrics are everywhere,” says Isabelle Moeller, Chief Executive of the Biometrics Institute. “We are seeing new use cases for biometrics at the borders, in the financial sector, and in social media. Digital identity is on everyone’s mind, but legislation, standards and policies can hardly keep pace. It is therefore key that we keep privacy and ethics at the forefront.”
The Biometrics Institute has been promoting the responsible and ethical use of biometrics since 2001 through regular dialogue at its events and with the development of good practices, with the overall aim of creating a better world through successful biometric implementations.
She adds: “We are at an important junction and the independent Biometrics Institute, supported by its members, is well placed to drive the agenda for the responsible and ethical use of biometrics through thought-leadership and guidance.”
The Biometrics Institute Congress will be held in London next week and will bring together over 250 members and stakeholders from Europe, North and South America, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region.
It will discuss important questions of privacy, ethics, innovation, security and successful implementations. Conversations on these important themes will then continue beyond the Congress.
Moeller confirms that she will attend the 2018 International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Brussels which focuses this year on “debating ethics”. This will be an opportunity to present the Biometrics Institute current thinking on the responsible use of biometrics through engagement with important privacy experts.
The Biometrics Institute has developed a range of good practice guiding material for its member including the Biometrics Institute Privacy Guidelines, the Top 10 Vulnerability Questions, the Understanding Biometrics Implementation Guide,  the Annual Industry Survey and also, in collaboration with the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), the United Nations Compendium of Recommended Practices for the Responsible Use & Sharing of Biometrics in Counter Terrorism.
The Biometrics Institute is the independent and impartial international membership organisation for biometric users and other interested parties. It was established in 2001 to promote the responsible use of biometrics. It provides its members and key stakeholders with information about best practices and thought-leadership. It has close to 250 membership organisations from around the world representing a multi-stakeholder community including government agencies, other users, suppliers, academic and privacy experts.
For more information, please contact Isabelle Moeller at the Biometrics Institute, Tel: +44 7887 414 887, Email: