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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


***Taking Place Online*** 

Key areas for discussion:

  • Oversight and regulatory frameworks for biometric technologies in the UK private and public sectors - as well as enforcement and next steps for policy;
  • Latest thinking on commercial opportunities across sectors including transport, finance, security and authentication, and marketing - and the regulatory implications;
  • Investment and R&D into biometric technologies in the UK, as well as developing and supporting the UK sector to take advantage of global market growth;
  • Legal and ethical issues, looking at data processing and protection - and the question of biases in facial recognition and other biometric technology; and
  • Developments in supporting cyber security, and tackling fraud and identity theft, as well as the potential consequences of cyber security breaches involving biometric data.

Why this is relevant: the context:

It takes place with:

  • Live facial recognition (LFR) technology figuring in current legal action, and in investigations and regulatory reviews by the Biometrics Commissioner and the ICO;
  • Recent reports that the European Commission is considering a ban of up to five years on the use of facial recognition technology in public places;
  • The recent announcement by the Metropolitan Police that it is beginning operational use of LFR in London; and
  • The Home Office’s Biometrics Strategy and its Biometrics Programme.

The agenda:

  • 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.

Policy officials attending

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stake holders. 

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


Lord Clement-Jones

Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Digital)


Georgina Bulkeley

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

Andrew Bud

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, iProov and Chair, MEF

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

Sebastian Manhart

Chief Operating Officer, 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