From opening a smartphone screen, to securing a company’s high-security areas, to accessing public spaces like shopping centres, events, airports, etc., biometrics offers a lot of new options for controlling access, using fingerprints, facial scans; and more. It does this by collecting highly personal and unique data on the physical, physiological or behavioural characteristics of a person, to confirm their identification.

New challenges, and a lack of clarity

This creates new challenges around privacy and data protection, and the legislation, including the GDPR, isn’t clear about the risks and requirements. How do you determine whether your organisation’s collection and use of such data will comply? What are the risks, and how do you ensure the organisation is using the data correctly?

Is biometric data the right choice for your intended use?

Privacy experts from the Beltug Privacy Council have created a tool to provide you with guidance for evaluating and mitigating potential risks – or possibly even for opting for an alternative! The goal of this Biometric Data Assessment is to help you and your organisation perform a first analysis, by answering a set of questions. It does not replace a DPIA, but can be part of it.

A big thank you to the Beltug Privacy Council for creating this tool for Beltug members!

The Biometric Data Assessment tool is available to Beltug members after login.