Privacy and Biometrics — Where are we in 2013? January’s #biometricchat Explores the Issues

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January's biometric tweet chat will discuss privacy and biometrics.
January #biometricchat to discuss privacy and biometrics.

When: January 10, 2013 11:00 am EST, 8:00 am PST, 16:00 pm BST, 17:00 pm (CEST), 23:00 pm (SGT), 0:00 (JST)

Where: (hashtag #biometricchat)

What: Tweet chat on iris biometrics technology with Shaun Dakin (@ShaunDakin, @PrivacyCamp), Data Privacy Advocate and Founder of #privchat

Topics: What technologies have negative impacts on privacy, how the privacy industry works for change, privacy and biometrics, effectiveness of “privacy by design” and “privacy impact assessments,” biometrics as a “privacy protector,” and more

It almost seems impossible to engage in conversation about biometric technology without broaching the subject of the technology’s impact on individual privacy rights. With good reason, many people have concerns about personal data that is collected on them with or without their knowledge and how that data is used and stored. Biometrics often acts as a lightning rod for modern discussions on where technology and privacy collide, and what rights (or perceived lack thereof) we have as individuals to control who knows exactly what about us.

There are many who believe that preventing the use of biometric technology in any capacity is the only way to guarantee that individual privacy and civil liberty rights are maintained. Others believe that in the bigger picture, biometrics is a key technology to prevent terrorist attacks, promote global security, create efficiency, and increase convenience. Where do you stand on the issues?

Some may recall that we discussed privacy and biometrics at the inaugural #biometricchat in October of 2011. For more information on that chat, please click here. Join us on January 10th from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT as we discuss the issues and explore the impact of biometric technology on privacy.

Just in case you are interested in participating but are new to Tweet chats, please read this post which outlines the instructions and procedures. We hope that you will join us for the discussion, and please help us to spread the word among your colleagues and friends.

Do you have any questions about privacy and biometrics that you would like to ask Shaun? Just drop us an email at and we will try and include them in the chat.

Thanks, and hope to see you next Thursday, January the 10th at 11 a.m. EDT for the #biometricchat tweet chat!

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John Trader

John Trader is the Public Relations and Marketing Manager with M2SYS Technology, a recognized industry leader in biometric identity management technology. Headquartered in Atlanta, GA M2SYS Technology's mission is to pioneer the high-tech industry by delivering long-term value to customers, employees and partners through continued innovation and excellence in all aspects of our business. M2SYS continues to innovate, build and bring to market leading-edge biometrics solutions that revolutionize the industry and expand the applicability of biometrics technology in our marketplace. You can view their Web site at or contact them via e-mail at

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