EU launches European Biometrics Portal to assist governments

Posted on October 07th, 2005

Biometrics is becoming a key technology in identity management all over the world – and especially important to e-Government plans including ID Cards and passports, let-alone the fight against terrorism and organised crime.

The European Commission has just launched a new public information portal on biometrics, to provide an online platform for information exchange, coordination and community building activities between users and producers in Europe.

The European Biometrics Portal (EBP) will be open to scientific and policy contributions from governments, industry and civil society authors. EBP access and membership are free of charge. The new portal’s objective is to encourage the development of consistent policies in the field of biometrics and the respect of privacy. EBP will also support European industry in consolidating its resources.