In its recently published report, “Current and future uses of biometric data and technologies”, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has expressed concerns over how biometric data is collected, stored and used. In particular, the Committee has stated that there is a lack of Government oversight and regulation of aspects of this field which needs to be addressed. The Committee expresses particular concern over police practices of uploading photographs taken in custody to the Police National Database,  including images of people not subsequently charged with, or convicted of, a crime, and applying facial recognition software, as well as the increasing the use by banks of biometric information in order to identify clients. The report calls on the Government to develop a strategy that exploits emerging biometrics while also addressing public concerns about the security of personal data and the potential for its use and misuse, with particular reference to biometric data held by the state.

Report - Current and future uses of biometric data and technologies