Biometric Data Safeguarding Technologies Analysis and Best Practices
DEFENCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CANADA OTTAWA (ONTARIO) CENTRE FOR SECURITY SCIENCE
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This document is the Study Report for PSTP 02-0351BIO, Biometric Data Safeguarding Technologies Analysis and Best Practices. One of the main goals of the Public Security Technical Program PSTP Biometrics Community of Practice is to evaluate, analyze, and implement biometric technologies that enhance national capabilities in access control, identity verification, and e-Commerce security in a manner that is consistent with Canadian laws and acts. This is done in collaboration with the appropriate Government of Canada agencies and departments responsible for national security, border control and security, and law enforcement and immigration. The rapid progress of biometrics technology in the last few years and the ease with which biometrics data can be acquired has resulted in the accumulation of large varying databases of biometrics information. This trend will continue in the future, with databases growing at an ever-increasing rate. The purpose of the Study is to examine some of the issues surrounding the sharing and safeguarding of biometric data in the Canadian Public Security context writ large. Throughout the study, the modality focus will be on iris biometrics prime focus and fingerprints secondary. This document presents methodologies and results from scientific studies that identify and evaluate biometric technologies with respect to their ability to be used securely in terms of safeguarding biometric databases. These new biometric technologies and associated data safeguarding capabilities must be consistent with the Government of Canadas dual prosperity and security mandates, and must consider legal, ethical, cultural, and privacy issues.
- Government and Political Science
- Numerical Mathematics
- Civil Defense