State of Biometrics Report 2019

This year we’re celebrating our 18th birthday. And over these last 12 months – we know from our own global events, feedback from our members and expert groups and conversations with our international connections – the rate that biometric technology has developed is unprecedented.

In the last year, we have seen the use of biometrics increase dramatically in both the public and private sector. There’s been a far greater emphasis on the important themes of privacy, ethics and the proportionate and responsible use of the technology across the biometrics arena. Public opinion has played a big role in influencing policy directions. And we have also seen uses of biometric technologies, such as mass surveillance for social credit systems, that raise ethical questions.

Read more on the state of biometrics, and the work we’ve done in response, in our State of Biometrics Report now.

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