With the “United Nations Compendium of Recommended Practices for the Responsible Use and Sharing of Biometrics in Counter-Terrorism” now officially published, the Biometrics Institute is preparing to spread the word.
The organization helped to author the guide in collaboration with the UN’s Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), with the aim of offering general guidelines to help UN members and police organizations work together responsibly to share biometric intelligence. The guide was issued on June 29th, effectively launching the next phase of work – propagating its messages.
To that end, the Biometrics Institute is going to participate in targeted regional workshops, which will allow the organization and CTED to reach out to states that don’t currently have the capacity to responsibly capture and share biometric data. In these workshops, the Biometrics Institute will provide expert consultants, and will promote its own Biometrics Institute Privacy Guidelines as complementary resources to the Compendium.
Moreover, the organization says “[t]here may also be opportunities for vendors to sponsor or attend workshops,” according to a statement announcing the initiatives. “After all, the goal is to put biometric systems in place in regions that need them; those regions will need help in choosing what to buy and will need to buy them from somewhere,” it added.
Details concerning the workshops have not been disclosed; but it’s possible more information will be forthcoming at the Biometrics Institute’s London Congress in October, which will be attended by CTED representatives Jean-Philippe Morange and Anne-Maria Seesmaa. The event will run from October 17th to 18th at the Grange Hotel St. Paul’s.
August 17, 2018 – by Alex Perala