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Privacy Guidelines

The Biometrics Institute has been working on best-practice guidelines for the industry since 2006 when it released  Privacy Code for the Australian biometrics industry (the Code has been revoked due to new legislation). 

In 2011 it released the Biometrics Privacy Guidelines. A regular review of the Guidlines is taking place to keep the document current. The latest review took place during 2015 and the new Guidlines are now available to members.

The Guidelines recognise that biometrics is now an international technology in an international market place covering a wide variety of regulatory regimes.

The Biometrics Institute itself has spread its wings from its Australia-New Zealand origins and is now co-located in Europe and also engages pro-actively with the USA. 

Therefore, any Privacy Guidelines needed to be a good executive guide operating over a number of jurisdictions. It is not intended to be a replacement for international standards or regulatory requirements in the individual countries.

In practice the Guidelines will be reviewed regularly on the basis of inputs from stakeholders and interested parties. This continuous review process, whilst attempting to maintain the Guidelines' principles of simplicity and consumer transparency, will include wherever necessary the inputs from standards organisations and other interested parties. Already, those inputs are being provided and are being considered by the Institute’s Privacy Expert Group and Board, perhaps for inclusion in the next version of the Guidelines.

A first review took place in late 2012 where we received very useful feedback from key stakeholders including the British Standards Institution's IST/44 committee on biometrics. A second review was completed in December 2015 and the latest refresh was completed in April 2017.

May 2017: The next review has been completed and the updated Guidelines are now available to members.

Download the Biometrics Institute Privacy Guidelines (2017) from our resource library (members only).