INTERPOL Pushes for Sharing of Biometric Data at Inaugural Fingerprint and Face Symposium

“INTERPOL doesn’t just want law enforcement agencies to leverage biometric identification, it also wants them to share that information through its databases so that all INTERPOL members can benefit from valuable counter-terror intelligence.”

INTERPOL has just concluded its inaugural Fingerprint and Face Symposium.

INTERPOL Pushes for Sharing of Biometric Data at Inaugural Fingerprint and Face SymposiumThe event was organized as part of Project First, INTERPOL’s recently-launched initiative to encourage law enforcement agencies around the world to embrace biometric technology in the fight against terrorism. And the response to the event appears to be very much in line with the broader enthusiasm for biometric technologies among security agencies, attracting speakers from the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate and the UK ACRO Criminal Records Office.

INTERPOL doesn’t just want law enforcement agencies to leverage biometric identification, it also wants them to share that information through its databases so that all INTERPOL members can benefit from valuable counter-terror intelligence. The organization says that its fingerprint database alone now has over 180,000 records, and that it has helped member nations’ security agencies to perform 1,700 identifications this year. Its facial identification database, meanwhile, has produced 50 identification, but that number is sure to go up as authorities increasingly adopt facial recognition technology for border control and other security applications.

In a statement, INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock asserted, “It is vital for our membership to continue the information flow through INTERPOL’s secure platform, as the proven method to close information gaps.”

In addition to offering this platform, INTERPOL has also been building ties with some leading private sector companies in the field of biometric security, having named Safran Identity & Security (now IDEMIA) its official facial recognition partner toward the end of last year, and worked with NEC in a digital security training program held in March of this year, in which that company offered its expertise in the area of facial recognition.

The INTERPOL Fingerprint and Face Symposium took place in Lyon, France, from December 5th to 6th.

December 12, 2017 – by Alex Perala