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Wednesday, June 12 • 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Biometric Technologies and Data as Tools for the ‘Responsible’ and ‘Proper’ Identification of Terrorists: A human rights inventory

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The distinct value and practical benefits of the use of biometric data is increasingly acknowledged and emphasized in counter-terrorism regulation, as also reflected in the quasi-regulatory efforts by the UN Security Council requiring States in its resolution 2396 to “develop and implement systems to collect biometric data”. Despite the rapid advance of biometric technology and its widespread usage, human rights analysis and guidance on its use remains limited and underdeveloped. Prominently, while resolution 2396 calls on States to implement their obligations relating to biometric data collection in compliance with human rights law, it does not provide specific guidance on how to achieve this nor does it set any human rights benchmarks. 

The Human Rights Center at the University of Minnesota Law School supports the work of the mandate of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism. In this capacity, the Center assists the Special Rapporteur in developing a set of principles on the human rights- compliant collection, acquisition, retention, processing and sharing of biometric data in the context of preventing and countering terrorism.

This session will constitute an integral part of the consultation process conducted by the Special Rapporteur’s mandate. Aimed at bridging this knowledge gap and drawing on the multidisciplinary and cross-regional expertise of participants, it will focus on mapping out salient human rights implications of the use of biometric technologies and data and explore existing good practices and lessons learned.

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Krisztina Huszti-Orban

Human Rights Advisor, United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism

Wednesday June 12, 2019 5:15pm - 6:30pm BST
El Jem (Laico)