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The UK government has set up a joint committee to look at the security of passwords and to develop a new system for fingerprint identification.
The committee, set up by the Department for Work and Pensions, has been asked to review the current system, the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) new system and the use of biometric systems such as biometrics and biometric chips.
The government wants the committee to consider:The role of fingerprints in identifying individualsThe effectiveness of fingerprint technology in preventing identity theftThe potential impact of fingerprinting on the privacy of individualsThe impact on public confidence in identityThe implications of the use and misuse of biometersThe impact of the biometrically-enabled security systems that have been proposed and are currently being used.
According to the NCA, fingerprint technology has made a significant impact on the identification of criminals and their victims.
“This is due to its widespread use in banking, government, medical, law enforcement and in retail and hospitality, as well as its role in the identification and tracking of criminals, terrorist and fugitives,” the NACA said in a statement.
“The use of fingerprint identification is a major part of the protection of people’s privacy.”
According to a report by the NAA, fingerprint identification has been used by nearly 100,000 police and government employees to identify people at crime scenes and has also been used to identify individuals who have left the UK for other countries.
“Many people are using biometric technology to gain access to banking services, but this does not necessarily mean that they are using the system for the purpose of committing crimes,” said John Leckie, chief executive of the NAC.
“If a person does not have the appropriate biometric technology, the NACC can assist them with that.”
It can help identify people who are not using the biometric ID for the right reasons and who may not need the information.
“The committee is to report back to the Home Office in March 2019.
The Home Office said in response to a Freedom of Information request that the committee would be a non-partisan body, and that its members would not be paid by the government.”
In the short term, the committee will not be able to have a direct influence on the work of the National Criminal Intelligence Service or the Department of Justice.
We will, however, provide information to the committee about the development of a system that can be used to facilitate biometric identification in the UK,” a spokesperson for the Home Secretary said.
The NCA said the committee’s role would not involve the sharing of information about the use or misuse of fingerprint ID technology.”
We have a clear mandate to protect our nation’s security and this is something that is very important to us,” said the NCC’s chief executive, Simon Callan.”
However, we have also recognised that there is a significant amount of work that needs to be done before this new technology becomes a widely adopted, reliable and cost-effective method of identification.
“As part of this work, we will work with the relevant national agencies and other partners to help ensure that this information can be shared and used to achieve this objective.”
The NCC said the work will be carried out in cooperation with the National Cyber Crime Centre and the National Police Cyber Unit.
It said it would also work with organisations such as the National Retail Credit Union, which has a stake in the new system, to support the work.
“Any member of the committee can sign up to participate in this process, so long as they do not have an interest in a specific technology and are not currently using it for the wrong reasons,” it said.