2012 in Review: Biometric ID Systems Grew Internationally… And So Did Concerns About Privacy

Written by Rebecca Bowe

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As the year draws to a close, EFF is looking back at the major trends influencing digital rights in 2012 and discussing where we are in the fight for free expression, innovation, fair use, and privacy. Click here to read other blog posts in this series.

Around the world, systems of identification that employ automatic recognition of individuals’ faces, fingerprints, or irises are gaining ground. Biometric ID systems are increasingly being deployed at international border checkpoints, by governments seeking to implement national ID schemes, and by private-sector actors. Yet as biometric data is collected from more and more individuals, privacy concerns about the use of this technology are also attracting attention. Below are several examples of the year’s most prominent debates around biometrics.




Source: EFF

Rebecca Bowe

Rebecca Bowe serves as International Privacy Coordinator on EFF's international team. Prior to joining EFF, she worked as a reporter, covering everything from local elections, to social justice movements, to energy and environmental issues in California. Rebecca remains active in the Freedom of Information Committee of the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, which hosts an annual awards ceremony to spotlight journalists, citizens, whistle blowers, legal professionals, students and others engaged in strengthening and upholding the freedom of information. In her spare time, Rebecca can be found exploring hiking trails along the California coastline.

Editor's Note:  Here is an illustration from a US Dept of pdfHomeland Security Paper711.13 KB showing how biometrics is colleced and stored.

This document was developed by the Information Sharing and Technical Assistance Branch of the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) Program as a primary reference for implementing biometric standards requirements for US-VISIT systems. It provides a baseline for implementing new and improved biometric technologies, capabilities, and services, with the aim of promoting and achieving maximum stakeholder interoperability. The information in this document will support the development of US-VISIT data-sharing agreements with other U.S. Government agencies and foreign government partners.


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