IMPRINTS gives more evidence to parliament

29 10 2014

The Science and Technology Committee of Parliament has issued an inquiry into the  current and future uses of biometric data and technologies. The IMPRINTS research outcomes contain ample information that is relevant to the committee, and professor Liesbet van Zoonen submitted this evidence to the committee yesterday. IMPRINTS found that for the British public, biometrics are the most controversial and worrying of all means of authentication (cards, passwords, pincodes, etcetera). Their experience is mostly limited to air travel (to the US in particular). The combination of little direct experience with considerable worry leads to an easily ignited public opinion.  Concerns about biometrics as a technology is connected to a more general need for appropriate procedures for the management of personal data. Given that biometrics is a controversial technology, transparency of procedures, mechanisms of user control and opt-in/out alternatives are key to the implementation of potentially beneficial biometrics schemes. The full evidence can be read here [click]




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