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Preserving Privacy in an Age of Increased Surveillance – A Biometrics Perspective

Date: 2014-10-27 (10:00-17:00) Location: IBM SouthBank, Fleming Room, 76/78 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PZ

Organizer: European Association for Biometrics (EAB) in cooperation with IBM Emerging Technologies
Attendance is free of charge, Registration is required and places are limited

This workshop will focus on privacy issues surrounding biometric technologies and applications helping to understand key concerns and trends, including:

  • Impact of biometrics on privacy
  • Privacy protection technologies
  • Gaps in knowledge and practice

We will together reflect upon the many new threats and opportunities arising from the rapid increase in the channels of biometric data capture (e.g. sensors on mobile devices, Google Glass, …) and processing capabilities.

The one day 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.

Number of places on this workshop is limited. Early registration is recommended prior to 2014-09-30



Registration and coffee/tea

10:00 Saritha Arunkumar
Farzin Deravi

Welcome and Introductions

10:05 Peter Waggett

Objectives of the workshop

10:30 Ambika Suman

Balancing what is acceptable

Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology

Coffee Break

11:30 Angela Sasse

Convenient and trustworthy biometric solutions

EAB members can download additional files for this topic.
University College London
12:00 Joseph Cannataci

Are biometrics sensitive data in terms of data protection law?

EAB members can download additional files for this topic.
University of Malta & COST IC1206

Lunch Break

13:30 Julian Ashbourn

Biometrics and Privacy – From Aspiration to Reality

EAB members can download additional files for this topic.
Independant Expert
14:00 Richard Guest

EU Project: PIDaaS – Private Identity as a Service

EAB members can download additional files for this topic.
University of Kent

Coffee Break

15:00 Simon Rogers

The Management of Biometrics and Privacy – A Complex Problem that requires a Complex Solution

EAB members can download additional files for this topic.
15:30 Farzin Deravi

Panel Discussion: Privacy-Safe Biometrics

  • What are the key unaddressed issues?
  • What more do we need to know?
  • What do we need to do?
Panelists: the speakers of the day
EAB and University of Kent
16:15 Saritha Arunkumar

Concluding Remarks


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