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IBIA Applauds White House Executive Order to Improve Policing Practices and Calls for Close Cooperation with Biometrics Industry
The White House released an Executive Order (EO) May 25, 2022,  which outlines a number of wide-ranging directives from the Biden Administration aimed at enhancing public safety and improving community trust in law enforcement. The Order outlines broad actions  described in 23 separate sections, including one which specifically addresses face recognition technology  (FRT). The International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) calls on the President to ensure that our  industry community is included and participates in the required study, assessment and interagency  reporting process. Section 13 of the Executive Order directs the Attorney General to engage the National Academy of  Sciences (NAS) and its research arm, the National Research Council (NRC) to conduct a study of current  usage of FRT and biometric technologies and publish a report detailing the findings. The Order also  directs the initiation of an interagency process – jointly chaired by the U.S. Attorney General, the  Secretary of Homeland Security and the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology  Policy (OSTP) – to publish a report within 18 months that outlines industry best practices in FRT and  biometric technologies, changes to law enforcement policies, and guidelines on the future use of such  technologies by these law enforcement agencies (LEAs).

Over the past four years, members of the biometrics community from around the world began to set about crafting ethical guidelines for the responsible use of the various products and technologies that they have been developing, producing and implementing. Being aware of these ethical guidelines is useful for members of the law enforcement and security management community, as it has direct impacts on their work and the people and entities that they serve, protect, and defend.

IBIA on Easing Consumer Privacy Concerns Surrounding Biometrics Use

Biometrics require users to trust companies with their personal data, creating the challenge of reassuring consumers that those companies are handling that data in a secure and ethical manner. Securing personal data is a leading concern of consumers, as is not knowing what personal information companies have collected. Growing numbers of consumers are engaging in online interactions and transactions, and the majority want better user experiences — even if those experiences require handing over more personal data. Organizations developing and implementing biometric technology will influence public perception with the choices they make, whether they focus on user engagement or public policy development.


 Your Face Is, or Will Be, Your Boarding Pass

The technologies have gotten much more sophisticated and the accuracy rate much higher,” said Robert Tappan, the managing director for the trade group International Biometrics + Identity Associationwho called the impetus to ease crowds and reduce contact through these instruments “COVID-accelerated.”


The International Biometrics + Identity Association Appoints Robert Tappan As Managing Director

The International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA), the preeminent trade organization for the identity technology industry, is proud to announce and welcome Robert Tappan as the Association's new Managing Director. Mr. Tappan has an extensive professional career in corporate communications and in working with industry trade associations, conducting public affairs and issues advocacy campaigns. With over 30 years of experience in Washington, D.C., Mr. Tappan will bring to the IBIA his expert-level knowledge and leadership in issues management, marketing, and reputation management efforts simultaneously.


IBIA Dispels Myths about Face Recognition Technology

 Commenting on the paper’s release, IBIA Chairperson John Mears said, “The IBIA and our member companies are committed to the ethical use of our technologies, especially in the area of facial recognition, without racial or other biases. Our mission is to educate and advocate for best practices, policies and laws that balance civil rights and liberties with the need to properly identify individuals. As the NIST paper and our analysis make clear, facial recognition technologies can help reduce the biases inherent to human review. Questions of bias are ones we take seriously, both in the data our technologies provide and how that data is applied by those using the technology. We look forward to the opportunity to engage more broadly on these important topics and facilitate a thoughtful dialogue on how we can all do better.”


IBIA Announces Major Management and Operations Restructuring

The International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) announced major management and operational changes to strengthen its organizational outreach and impact in the areas of public policy advocacy, expanding industry communications, and deepening services to its members and the industry. The International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) continues to expand with the addition of six new members: AD&S, Biomatica, Biometría Aplicada, Biometric Signature ID, Innovatrics, and Integrated Biometrics.

IBIA Announces Six New Members in Press Release
The International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) continues to expand with the addition of six new members: AD&S, Biomatica, Biometría Aplicada, Biometric Signature ID, Innovatrics, and Integrated Biometrics.  


IBIA Releases Two New White Papers: "The Biometric Answer to the Identity Question" & "Biometrics Explained"

The International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) is pleased to release two new white papers that provide answers to questions about biometrics and how they help to solve the challenges of identity in our digital age. View the full response here.


Setting the Record Straight on Face Scans in Biometric Exit

The International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) responds to a position paper published by the Georgetown University’s Center on Privacy & Technology on December 21, 2017, addressing the Department of Homeland Security’s Biometric Exit pilot projects currently underway at select international airports. IBIA has identified significant flaws and omissions in the paper’s facts and arguments, and feels such an important issue deserves a more thorough anaylsis. View the full response here


IBIA Releases New Policy Paper Following Enactment of the Rapid DNA Act of 2017
 
On the heels of the President's recent signing of the Rapid DNA Act, the International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) released its latest policy paper, "The Emergence of Rapid DNA Technology," on Tuesday, September 12th.  View the full press release here


CBP Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan to Present Opening Keynote at connect:ID 

The International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA), the preeminent trade organization for the identity technology industry, is proud to announce that Kevin McAleenan, the Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), is the opening keynote speaker at its Washington, DC 'connect:ID' Conference and Exposition, May 1-3, 2017. The Commissioner will address, "CBP's commitment to innovation: Revolutionizing border security through technology," on Monday, May 1 at 12:55 PM.  View the full press release here.


IBIA Welcomes Seven New Members: Clarkson University, Liquid, Inc., Hitachi Beijing, Telos ID, TypingDNA, Vigilant Solutions, and Charter Communications

The International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) is proud to announce its newest members. Clarkson University, Hitachi Beijing, Liquid, Inc, Telos ID, TypingDNA, and Vigilant Solutions have joined IBIA as full members, and Charter Communications has joined as an affiliate member. The new members further bolster the association's commitment to representing the industry with a united, impactful industry voice.  View the full press release here.

Key IBIA Members Win Women in Biometrics Awards

The International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) is proud to announce that Managing Director Tovah LaDier has won the Women in Biometrics 2016 Award presented by Secure ID News and the Security Industry Association (SIA). Active and valued IBIA member Teresa Wu, Director of Strategic Marketing and Government Relations for MorphoTrak, was also recognized with the award. The Women in Biometrics Awards are a prestigious recognition, and rightly acknowledge the contributions LaDier and Wu have both made in the many years they have spent advocating IBIA's cause.  View the full press release here.
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