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The Biometrics Institute, the industry body for the biometrics sector, has a newly elected board, including representatives from Immigration New Zealand, the FBI and UK Ministry of Justice. Roger Baldwin of the Metropolitan Police is the new Deputy Chairman of the Biometrics Institute.

He says: “I look forward to serving on the Board and seeing how we can engage with key players in the biometrics community here in Europe and across the northern hemisphere to supplement the excellent work that has already been done south of the Equator. There are some significant challenges facing the industry, as we discussed at a recent meeting, but the potential coordinating role of the Institute will be vital in bringing together an increasingly diverse, global range of users and suppliers across biometric applications.”

One of the first activities of 2014 is support of Data Privacy Day (DPD). Data Privacy Day, held annually on the 28 January, encourages everyone to make protecting privacy and data a greater priority.

The Biometrics Institute already held its first event focusing on facial biometrics. “The challenge to protect privacy was a key theme and was related to the protection of identity and the need to focus on tools that would protect both, privacy and identity, for example through counter-spoofing techniques” says Isabelle Moeller, Chief Executive, Biometrics Institute. “A very topical discussion when we see a large face detection screen appear at Canary Wharf in London and Google glasses finding greater take up. It reaffirms the need for an independent organisation like the Institute to raise awareness about how to use such technologies responsibly.”

Other events on the future of privacy, data protection, biometrics and identity management have already been confirmed and include the 2nd Identities at the Borders Seminar on April 29 in Brussels, the Biometrics Institute Asia-Pacific Conference on May 28-29 in Sydney, followed by a Digital Identities and Authentication Seminar on June 4 in Wellington and the Biometrics Institute Showcase on June 26 in London. Training and special networking events are also taking place: Introduction to Biometrics Short-course with biometric Prof Jim Wayman on February 10 and 11 in London and a first USA Reception on March 17 in Washington at the Australian Embassy.

The Biometrics Institute is a forum for biometrics users and other interested parties; it has offices in Australia and the UK.


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