Biometrics, Regulation and the Law

Abstract: The term 'RegTech' emerged in 2016 as a means of adding sex-appeal to the application of technology to compliance responsibilities, in particular those of corporations in the financial services sector. This presentation adopts a broader vision of technology applied to regulation, arguing that RegTech is needed in all sectors, and that it's essential to consider the perspectives not only of the regulatees, but also of the regulators, and of the intended beneficiaries of the regulatory activity.

The question addressed in the session is to what extent can biometrics play a role in RegTech. It's necessary to take a realistic view of the nature of biometric technologies, of the categories of application that they can be put to, and of the array of real-world challenges that confront those applications. There may be scope for biometric applications in RegTech, but far less than enthusiasts would like to believe.

Biography: Roger Clarke is an independent consultant in the strategic and policy implications of advanced information technologies, with a particular focus on eBusiness, information infrastructure, and dataveillance and privacy. He is a Visiting Professor in Computer Science at the ANU, and a Visiting Professor in Law at UNSW.  He has also held Visiting Professorships at the University of Hong Kong (2002-07), the University of Bern, and the University of Linz.  He holds Honours and Masters degrees in Commerce (IS) from UNSW, and a PhD from the ANU.  He was made a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society (FACS) in 1986, and of the international Association for Information Systems (FAIS) in 2012.  In 2009, he was awarded only the second Australian Privacy Medal, after Justice Michael Kirby. He has spent many years on the Board of the Australian Privacy Foundation (APF), including as Chair 2006-14, and on the Advisory Board of Privacy International (PI).  He has also served variously as a Director, Secretary and Chair of several companies, of Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA), and of the Internet Society of Australia (ISOC-AU), including as Secretary 2012-15.

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