Law, Governance and Technology Series

Privacy and Data Protection Issues of Biometric Applications

A Comparative Legal Analysis

Authors: Kindt, Els J.

  • Presents the first complete legal analysis of privacy and data protection issues related to biometric data processing
  • Provides a comprehensive overview and critical discussion of existing regulation of biometric data processing in Belgium, France and the Netherlands
  • Detailed analysis of existing trends in privacy and data protection regulation applied to biometric data processing
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This book discusses all critical privacy and data protection aspects of biometric systems from a legal perspective. It contains a systematic and complete analysis of the many issues raised by these systems based on examples worldwide and provides several recommendations for a transnational regulatory framework. An appropriate legal framework is in most countries not yet in place.  

Biometric systems use facial images, fingerprints, iris and/or voice in an automated way to identify or to verify (identity) claims of persons. The treatise which has an interdisciplinary approach starts with explaining the functioning of biometric systems in general terms for non-specialists. It continues with a description of the legal nature of biometric data and makes a comparison with DNA and biological material and the regulation thereof. After describing the risks, the work further reviews the opinions of data protection authorities in relation to biometric systems and current and future (EU) law. A detailed legal comparative analysis is made of the situation in Belgium, France and the Netherlands. 

The author concludes with an evaluation of the proportionality principle and the application of data protection law to biometric data processing operations, mainly in the private sector. Pleading for more safeguards in legislation, the author makes several suggestions for a regulatory framework aiming at reducing the risks of biometric systems. They include limitations to the collection and storage of biometric data as well as technical measures, which could influence the proportionality of the processing.  

The text is supported by several figures and tables providing a summary of particular points of the discussion. The book also uses the 2012 biometric vocabulary adopted by ISO and contains an extensive bibliography and literature sources.

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“This book on privacy and data protection issues of biometric applications has been published as part of the Springer ‘Law, Governance, and Technology’ series. … The book includes an extensive bibliography and a helpful index. It is well written and exhaustive. … This worthy, interesting book is a must for those involved in bringing about new legislation concerning safeguarding privacy while employing biometric systems.” (S. V. Nagaraj, Computing Reviews, July, 2014)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: Subject, Methodology and Structure

    Kindt, Els J.

    Pages 1-11

  • An Introduction into the Use of Biometric Technology

    Kindt, Els J.

    Pages 15-85

  • Biometric Data, Data Protection and the Right to Privacy

    Kindt, Els J.

    Pages 87-272

  • The Risks Involved upon the Use of Biometric Data and Biometric Systems

    Kindt, Els J.

    Pages 275-401

  • The Proportionality Principle as a General Principle of Law Applied to Biometric Data Processing

    Kindt, Els J.

    Pages 403-567

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eBook $229.00
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $289.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-7521-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0647-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Privacy and Data Protection Issues of Biometric Applications
Book Subtitle
A Comparative Legal Analysis
Authors
Series Title
Law, Governance and Technology Series
Series Volume
12
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-7522-0
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-7522-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-7521-3
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0647-4
Series ISSN
2352-1902
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 975
Number of Illustrations and Tables
11 b/w illustrations
Topics