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The Use of Biometric Data to Identify Terrorists: Best Practice or Risky Business?

– Privacy International

  • Report
  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • 24 July 2020

A summary of a report by the UN Special Rapporteur on protecting human rights while countering terrorism

The report outlines various ways in which data collection and biometrics are used in anti-terrorism initiatives, and why we must ensure the way in which this is performed does not threaten people’s rights.

“We have observed that often counter-terrorism strategies and policies are used to justify measures that erode human rights protections and ultimately put people’s security at risk.”

It gives recommendations on how biometric collection and analysis should be regulated, including addressing the higher risks faced by marginalized groups and scrutinizing the role of the private sector.

Processing of biometric data, including collection, analysis, storing, sharing, must be prescribed by law and limited to that strictly and demonstrably necessary to achieve a legitimate aim

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