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[liberationtech] Tracking Refugees With Biometrics: More Questions than Answers

Alberto Cammozzo ac+lists at
Wed Mar 9 05:57:40 PST 2016

This post asks very interesting questions on the use of biometrics in 
refugee crises:

Tracking Refugees With Biometrics: More Questions than Answers, by Sarah 
Biometrics can dramatically decrease the amount of fraud in the 
distribution of aid, save refugees from long wait times to receive 
benefits, and reduce the possibility of radicalization of vulnerable 
refugee populations.
As a biometrics engineer, I have three main questions regarding 
governance of the United Nations’ use of biometrics with refugees.

Who deserves a peek at the United Nations biometrics database?
Who owns the data?
What is the future of the U.N. biometrics database?

Alberto Cammozzo


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