Considerations when introducing a biometric identification system

The results of a Privacy Laws & Business survey of use of biometric techniques for identification purposes show cautious take up of this technology and useful insights into the adoption process which can be used as a checklist. Stewart Dresner reports.

The survey was conducted online in November and December 2019 by contacting the people on Privacy Laws & Business’s database. There were 71 respondents from 23 countries or jurisdictions of which nearly half were from the United Kingdom with the rest from: Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Malta, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Spain, Switzerland, and the US.

Without claiming statistical significance, this survey report gives insights into the take-up of biometric identification techniques and the factors which organisations take into account when planning, assessing risks and overcoming the challenges from a data protection law perspective.

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