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Council of Europe's work on biometrics

 

The Council of Europe has issued a "Progress report on the application of the principles of convention 108 to the collection and processing of biometric data". This report has been prepared by the Consultative Committee of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to automatic processing of personal data (T-PD) of the Council of Europe.  It was made public in February 2005 by the Council of Europe in order to contribute to the debates and projects on biometrics that are currently under way in many member states of the Council of Europe and in other international fora, such as the OECD and the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation). It contains an analysis of the specificities of biometrics, a discussion on the criteria for choosing a system architecture and guidance for the application of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (Convention 108) to the use of biometrics. Acknowledging the fact that many aspects of biometrics are not yet fully known, the report does not state final conclusions and may be revised or complemented by the Council of Europe in the future.

The OECD is an observer to the Committee of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to automatic processing of personal data (T-PD) of the Council of Europe. The Council of Europe is an observer to the OECD Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy and to the OECD Working Party on Information Security and Privacy.

 

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Progress report on the application of the principles of convention 108 to the collection and processing of biometric data