UK Information Commissioner opens consultation on development guidance on the use of biometric data

August 22, 2023 |

In keeping with the times and the speed of the UK Information Commissioner has commenced the guidance development process regarding the use of biometric data. The draft guidance is found here.

The guidance details how data protection law will apply in the use of biometric data in biometric recognition systems. To that end it is aimed at organizations that use or are considering using biometric recognition systems.

Of note in the draft is coverage of :
  • the definition of biometric data and special category biometric data;
  • how biometric data is used in biometric recognition systems; and
  • the legal data protection requirements when using biometric data including when a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) is required.

Helpfully the guidance contains a summary of a draft biometric impact assessmen which does not not cover data protection requirements for law enforcement or the security services.

The second phase of the guidance will cover biometric classification and data protection.

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