EAB to discuss privacy, surveillance in workshop
30 November 2015 10:56 GMT

The European Association for Biometrics has announced plans to hold a workshop focussing on protecting privacy amid increased surveillance.

According to the organisers, there will be a focus on privacy issues surrounding biometric technologies and applications helping us to understand key concerns and trends, including: Impact of biometrics on privacy, Privacy protection technologies and Gaps in knowledge and practice. Commercial and governmental objectives of gathering information about citizens converge at a strategic level. The potential impact of this convergence needs to be explored and addressed.

Farzin Deravi, moderator of the workshop and board member of the EAB, said: “Together we will reflect upon the many new opportunities and threats arising from the rapid increase in the channels of biometric data capture (e.g. sensors on mobile devices) and processing capabilities. The strong identifying capabilities of biometrics should always be assessed in combination with its powers of dissolving privacy. We have a responsibility to equally address some of the most serious threats while providing directions of overcoming them.”

The EAB notes that the one‚Äźday workshop will bring together various stakeholders from amongst end users, technology developers, researchers and legal experts to discuss the serious challenges that these developments present and explore together ways for addressing them.

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