Westminster eForum

Biometrics and digital identity in the UK - security and privacy, ethics and trust, public and private sector applications, and next steps for regulation

Morning, Tuesday, 5th May 2020

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED


This conference will consider the way forward for policy and practice in the use of biometric data by government and the private sector in the UK.


There will be keynote contributions from:

  • Professor Paul Wiles, Commissioner for the Retention and Use of Biometric Material;
  • Andy White, Director, High Profile Investigations and Intelligence, Information Commissioner’s Office;
  • Ali Shah, Head of Technology Policy, Information Commissioner’s Office; and
  • Simon Wilcox, Head of Transformation, Automation and Innovation, Heathrow Airport.

Further speakers include: Silkie Carlo, Big Brother Watch; Hugh Milward, Microsoft UK; Professor Maja Pantic, Imperial College London and Samsung AI Research Centre; Sandra Peaston, Cifas; Nico Schonken, Simprints; and Chris Watson, CMS.


The context

This conference takes place against the background of:

  • Development of a range of commercial applications for technologies utilising biometric data for industries including transport, finance, security and marketing;
  • The Home Office Biometrics Programme  and scrutiny of the Department’s Biometrics Strategy;
  • The House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee report on the work of the Biometrics Commissioner and the Forensic Science Regulator;
  • Live facial recognition (LFR) technology figuring in current legal action, and in investigations and regulatory reviews by the Biometrics Commissioner and the ICO; and
  • Recent approval of the Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill by the Scottish Parliament.

The agenda and keynote contributions

  • Developing governance for the use of new biometric technologies by government, the public sector and law enforcement;
  • Developing the UK’s commercial biometrics sector - R&D and investment, ethics and winning public trust;
  • Addressing ethical and practical concerns around biometrics and digital identity - privacy, security and transparency;
  • Regulating the handling and use of biometric data in the UK - key priorities and next steps; and
  • Case study: deploying facial recognition technology to improve passenger experience and efficiency in an airport setting.


Keynote Speakers

Professor Paul Wiles

Commissioner for the Retention and Use of Biometric Material

Andy White

Director, High Profile Investigations and Intelligence, Information Commissioner’s Office

Ali Shah

Head of Technology Policy, Information Commissioner’s Office

Simon Wilcox

Head of Transformation, Automation and Innovation, Heathrow Airport

Speakers

Georgina Bulkeley

Director of Strategy and Innovation, Personal and Business Banking, RBS

Chris Watson

Partner and Global Head of Technology, Media and Communications, CMS

Silkie Carlo

Director, Big Brother Watch

Hugh Milward

Director, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs, Microsoft UK

Nico Schonken

Director of Privacy and Data Security, Simprints

Professor Maja Pantic

Professor of Affective and Behavioural Computing and Head, Intelligent Behaviour Understanding Group (iBUG), Department of Computing, Imperial College London and Research Director, Samsung AI Research Centre

Sandra Peaston

Director, Research and Development, Cifas