Biometric association calls for transparency to boost mobile device security
27 November 2013 12:20 GMT

Biometric association calls for transparency to boost mobile device security

Following the much-heralded release of Apple's new fingerprint sensor-enabled iPhone 5s, the European Association for Biometrics (EAB) has welcomed the widespread use of such biometrics, but warns that privacy and security must be safeguarded at all times.

EAB made the comments in a new position paper that followed Apple's new phone launch, but said the comments were applicable to mobile devices in general.

According to EAB, a key reason for the delayed acceptance of large scale biometric applications by the commercial sector appears to be down to privacy concerns of consumers.

Innovative companies such as Apple, says EAB, must address the question of how to reassure the public that use of such technologies will not leave them vulnerable to surveillance or misuse of their data. Trust in the components of the application and the business or government organisation running a service using biometrics is paramount.

EAB believes that purchasers of devices using biometric data should be entitled to further detail and an independent assessment of security.

EAB stresses that such openness and transparency should not compromise the security of devices, but will ensure that consumers will be able to rely on privacy-compliant, secure and user-friendly smartphones and laptops.

To see the full position paper, click here.