New Era For Data Regulation

A New Era for Data Regulation – What it Means for Biometric Technology

As technological innovations increasingly become a part of our environment, the issue of data protection has become a concern for many people. With a wealth of digital information being generated about us as we go about our daily lives, it’s important for people to feel assured that their personal details are being kept and processed in a secure and responsible manner. In the past, the security of your name, address and banking details might have been at the top of the agenda, but the growing use of biometric technology has shifted the focus to more sensitive personal data.

The New General Data Protection Regulations

Many of the existing data protection laws were crafted over two decades and, consequently, have limitations when it comes to regulating new technologies that have emerged over recent years. The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), which will come into force on 28th May 2018, are intended to provide a more comprehensive, ‘fit-for-purpose’ framework that is designed to better protect the rights and privacy of individuals and instil uniformity in how data is securely held and processed throughout Europe. It’s important to note that Brexit isn’t expected to have much of an impact, as a commitment to implementing GDPR standards is central to the UK government’s proposed Data Protection Bill.

Safeguarding Sensitive Biometric Data

Under the GDPR, the type of biometric facial recognition data managed by QikID Services (EMEA) Ltd, will be specifically included under ‘special category data’. As this information is unique to your identity, it is classified as ‘sensitive personal data’, making it subject to extra safeguards – a sensible move given the increased risk associated with the mishandling of this type of material. Whether you’re a data controller (the person who decides how and why you process the information) or a data processor (the person responsible for processing data on the controller’s behalf), you have specific obligations under the new legislation. Although businesses should ensure they understand their special category data responsibilities under Article 9 of the GDPR (and the Data Protection Bill once enacted), there’s no need to be daunted by the implementation. In practical terms, if you’re already processing sensitive personal information (such as health records), there will be little change from how you handle it under the current legislation.

Inspiring Confidence

With advanced technologies like biometric facial recognition at the forefront of modern security solutions, their inclusion in the General Data Protection Regulations is a welcome step in further ensuring high-level data protection across the industry. The knowledge that biometric systems are well-regulated can only help organisations to build trust with their customers, giving individuals the reassurance that their sensitive personal data is being controlled and processed responsibly.

As experts in the field of biometric facial recognition technology, we understand our responsibilities and the critical importance of safeguarding personal data arising from the use of our technology. As such, QikID Services (EMEA) Ltd have ensured that we are fully compliant with GDPR and will continue to ensure compliance as regulations evolve following the outcomes of the Data Protection Bill.