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PIA Model Template

Biometrics Institute PIA Model Template

During 2015-2017 the Biometrics Institute worked on a proposal for a Biometrics Privacy Trust Mark issued for a biometric product or service.

The Biometrics Institute worked on a proposal for a Biometrics Privacy Trust Mark issued for a biometric product or service. The work started in February 2015 with a landscape report (Stage 1) to assess the feasibility of such a Trust Mark. The project then continued in July 2015 with the development of proposed assessment criteria (Stage 2) which was completed in March 2016. A trial (Stage 3) was conducted in late 2016/ early 2017 to validate the framework.

In early 2017 it was decided to convert the self-assessment questionnaire developed as part of the Trust Mark project into a PIA Model Template and continue the potential Trust Mark framework at a later stage.

The Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) Model Template should be conducted on a proposed biometric system by a reputable and independent privacy adviser.

The PIA is intended to be:

A guide to assessing your privacy environment including risks and threats whenever a biometric system is being planned or upgraded.

Consistent and applicable across a wide variety of countries, regions, jurisdictions, governments, industry and not-for–profit sectors.

Clear and concise so that privacy awareness is raised and whole- of-organisation ownership of privacy is maintained

Read in tandem with the Biometrics Institute’s Privacy Guidelines 2017 and Checklist.

The Biometrics Institute will provide further updates soon. 

History of the Trust Mark project and PIA Model Template:

September 2017 - The Board of Directors confirmed to convert the questionnaire developed as part of the Trust Mark project into a guide for members to help through the PIA process. More details will become available soon.

8 May 2016 - To mark Privacy Week  2016, the Biometrics Institute has released a Privacy Trust Mark Summary Paper updating members and stakeholders on the progress of and next steps for its proposed Privacy Trust Mark. The summary paper gives an overview of the two stages completed to date; stage one delivered a feasibility study and roadmap while stage two delivered a self-assessment questionnaire and PIA template which will be traialed as part of the stage three of the project. 

April 2016 - The Biometrics Institute has developped the self-assessment criteria for proposed Privacy Trust Mark and is now looking at several trials with its members to validate the proposed framework. Please read the detailed press release for more information.

January 2016 - The Biometrics Institute has developed draft criteria for the proposed Privacy Trust Mark in close consultation with its Board, members and key stakeholders and is just finalising a report for this 2nd stage. 

August 2015 - The Biometrics Institute received funding from the Australian government to progress the Trust Mark development. The 2nd stage will be looking at the criteria for such a Trust Mark. More details will be released at the upcoming events the Institute is currently organising.

July 2015 - The Biometrics Institute has completed a feasibility study for the proposal of a Trust Mark and received overall very positive feedback. The results from the study will be used for the next stage of consultations which are due to take place during September - November 2015. 

February 2015 - The Biometrics Institute announced that it has awarded a contract to Lockstep Consulting to write a landscape report about the feasibility of a Biometrics Institute Trust Mark. Read the full press release here.

October 2014 - As announced officially at the Biometrics 2014: The future of identity starts here ! show in London on the 21 October, the Biometrics Institute is currently in consultation with its members and key stakeholders about the development of a Biometrics Institute Trust Mark. This Trust Mark could be issued for a product or service in line with certain evaluation criteria. These criteria are currently being developed. 

It could be another way to reassure the public of the responsible use of biometrics making the privacy compliance more transparent and more easy to understand.

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