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Biometrics and digital identity - next steps for regulation, best practice, addressing ethical concerns, public trust and engagement, and market development

August 2021

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will examine latest developments in biometrics and digital identity - as well as priorities for future regulation and its use in the UK.

It will be an opportunity to discuss the Government’s UK Digital Identity and Attributes Trust Framework policy paper - which sets out a framework for the principles, policies, procedures, and standards governing the use of digital identity and data, and aims to enable interoperability and increase public confidence - as the Government seeks stakeholder views before publishing the next iteration in the summer.

Speaking as it was published, the Minister for Digital Infrastructure, Matt Warman MP, said:

Establishing trust online is absolutely essential if we are to unleash the future potential of our digital economy.

Our aim is to help people confidently verify themselves while safeguarding their privacy so we can build back better and fairer from the pandemic.”

Proposals included in the framework include:

  • having a data management policy which explains how data is created, obtained, disclosed, protected, and deleted
  • following industry standards and best practice for information security and encryption 
  • telling the user if any changes have been made to their digital identity, for example an update to their address
  • where appropriate, having a detailed account recovery process and notifying users if organisations suspect someone has fraudulently accessed their account or used their digital identity
  • guidance on how to choose secure authenticators to protect online services

The conference also comes with the appointment of the new Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Professor Fraser Sampson, who we are pleased to be able to include as a keynote speaker at this conference.

Further keynote contributors include: Professor Watson Gandy, Chair, Home Office Biometrics and Forensic Ethics Group - as well as Dr Ana Beduschi, Associate Professor of Law, University of Exeter Law School; Julie Dawson, Head of Regulation and Policy, Yoti; Professor James Ferryman, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science; Member, Computational Vision Group, University of Reading; and Reema Patel, Associate Director, Ada Lovelace Institute.

The agenda will bring out latest thinking on:

  • ethical considerations and regulatory priorities
  • priorities for building robust digital identity infrastructures
  • developing the market for digital identity services - including examining the role of APIs in improving privacy, security, and interoperability across online services


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from BEIS; the Cabinet Office; the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation; the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport; the Department for Education; the Government Digital Service; the Government Legal Department; HM Revenue & Customs; the Home Office; the Information Commissioner's Office; the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government; the National Cyber Security Centre; The Scottish Government; the Welsh Government; and the Welsh Revenue Authority. Also due to attend are representatives from Baker & McKenzie; Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner; BT; Credit Suisse; Freshfields; Linklaters; Metropolitan Police Service; Monzo Bank; Pinsent Masons; Sky UK; Taylor Wessing; The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children; UK Finance; University of Aberdeen; University of Oxford and West London Centre for Counselling.

Press passes have been reserved by representatives from Infosecurity Magazine; MLex and ZDNet.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles