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Biometrics Institute pushes trust-building agenda

The Biometrics Institute has initiated a feasibility study for a Biometrics Institute Trust Mark. The study will aim to create a simple model that Biometrics Institute members can sign up to and utilise to balance against the rigour and credibility of the Trust Mark.

“The feasibility study will provide a landscape scan and road map for implementing the Biometrics Institute Trust Mark,” said the Hon. Terry Aulich, Head of the Biometrics Institute’s Privacy Expert Group. “The Trust Mark will focus on privacy, it will be international, have strong governance, establish trust, give a practical benefit to members and be financially supportable.”

The main outcome from the study will be to determine how a Biometrics Institute Trust Mark will work.

An international reference panel of experts reviewed a number of proposals for the feasibility study and the Board of the Biometrics Institute made the final decision. The contract was awarded to Lockstep Consulting.

Lockstep Consulting is a specialist independent advisory firm dedicated to identity security and privacy with international experience and expertise in the field. Lockstep Managing Director Stephen Wilson said “we’re delighted to be selected to help with this important industry initiative. A trust mark should help implementers and end users of biometrics have confidence in these technologies. It’s a credit to the Biometrics Institute that it has advanced this trust mark proposal.”

Data for the project will be gathered from a range of events during 2015, which will all include the topic of data protection and trust.

“Privacy and building trust in biometrics technologies has been top of the agenda for the Biometrics Institute since its foundation in October 200,” said Isabelle Moeller, Chief Executive of the Biometrics Institute. “The Trust Mark shall give consumers confidence in the responsible use of an identity product or services. Creating consumer trust in why their biometric information is being collected and how it is handled, stored and potentially deleted is essential for the success of the industry.”

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