GEN 2017
Biometric Data Protection, unresolved matter

Biometric Data Protection, unresolved matter

Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation, in force since 2018, will focus on preserving privacy on biometric data as the voice, the fingerprints or the face

As stated by Expansion, 'face, iris, voice or fingerprint recognition systems are getting strong as technical tools that can act as an electronic signature and are starting to be used for ordering money transfers, allowing payments or logging in to social media'.

Joaquín Muñoz, Head of IT and IP at Ontier, explained for this newspaper that, when this new regulation comes into force in May 2018, they will focus on defining and preserving the privacy of such personal data (fingerprints, voice, etc). Muñoz explains that every entity, social media platform or device willing to handle biometric data ''will have to ask for individual consent to be able to do so''. He added that 'it will be no longer enough to just agree to the generic terms and conditions. Now anyone willing to handle this kind of data will have to make a clear explanation of the purpose of using them and ask the user for an express permission'.