The Biometrics Institute devises the Three Laws of Biometrics
The Biometrics Institute has devised the Three Laws of Biometrics to prompt its members to remember the fundamentals of using biometric technology responsibly and ethically.
The laws – or the PPT of biometrics – should be used as a checklist to guide the institute’s members in their implementations, and crucially in the order in which tasks should be carried out. Policy first, then process and only when robust review of those initial steps has taken place should the requisite technology be appropriately explored.
Inspired by Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics, the biometrics industry member organisation has devised the Three Laws of Biometrics as a prompt to remember the fundamentals of using biometric technology responsibly and ethically.
The Three Laws of Biometrics
- POLICY – comes first:
Any use of biometrics is proportionate, with basic human rights, ethics and privacy at its heart.
- PROCESS – follows policy:
Safeguards are in place to ensure decisions are rigorously reviewed, operations are fair and operators are accountable.
- TECHNOLOGY – guided by policy and process:
Know your algorithm, biometric system, data quality and operating environment and mitigate vulnerabilities, limitations and risks.
Isabelle Moeller, Biometrics Institute chief executive said, ‘These two documents underpin the themes of this year’s Congress. We want our members and everyone using biometric technology to ask with every application, “Just because we can, should we?” – thoroughly assessing each use case and the impact on its users. We are calling on the biometrics community to ensure the technology continues to serve us responsibly and ethically, not exploit us. We hope that the Three Laws of Biometrics will be an easy reminder of the principles anyone operating in this space should hold.’
For detailed drilling down into all of these issues, members of the the Biometrics Institute are advised to refer to the Good Practice Framework.
Source: The Biometrics Institute