The future for biometric data and technology in the UK - innovation, development and regulation

Event Info

Thu 25 Jun, 2015 from 9:00am - 1:00pm
Central London (TBC)
Cost: £252.00


Guests of Honour: Dr Peter Armstrong, Technical Director, Identity, CESG and Dr Simon Rice, Group Manager (Technology), Information Commissioner’s Office

Coming at a time of rapid expansion in the use of biometrics across a growing number of sectors, this seminar will assess some of the key challenges and opportunities for developing, regulating and implementing new forms of biometric technologies.

It is timed to follow the recent publication of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committeeinquiry into current and future uses of biometric data and technologies, expected in Spring 2015, and before any Government response.

Planned sessions focus on how government, businesses and academia can raise awareness of biometric technologies and their possible benefits, as well as examining public concerns and related issues of openness in the collection and use biometrics. Delegates will also discuss regulatory challenges, including how current data protection legislation might need to adapt to innovation in this area.

Further sessions will look at opportunities for the UK to take a lead in an increasingly competitive global biometrics sector, looking at funding for cutting edge research, and ways government and others can support more biometrics start-ups, and provide the necessary facilities and other resources for them to thrive. 

We are delighted that Dr Peter Armstrong, Technical Director, Identity, CESG and Dr Simon Rice, Group Manager (Technology), Information Commissioner's Office have agreed to deliver keynote addresses at this seminar.

Paul Coombes, Head of Commercial, Argus Global; Dr Sam De Silva, Partner and Head, IT & Outsourcing Group, Penningtons Manches; Martin George, Chief Executive Officer, Smart Sensors;Professor Mark Nixon, Professor in Computer Vision, University of Southampton; Wayne Smith, Head of Information Services, Birmingham Airport and Dr Peter Waggett, Emerging Technology Program Director, IBM and Chair, Biometrics Committee, British Standards Institute have also agreed to speak, together with a senior speaker confirmed from Big Brother Watch.


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