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Biometric identification technology ethics promoting research and public debate on bioethical implications of emerging biometric identification technologies

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 6093

  • Start date

    1 October 2004

  • End date

    28 February 2007

Funded under:

FP6-SOCIETY

  • Overall budget:

    € 290 000

  • EU contribution

    € 290 000

Coordinated by:

CENTRE FOR SCIENCE, SOCIETY AND CITIZENSHIP

Italy

Objective

The BITE Project is a specific support action that aims to stimulate research and to promote international dialogue on bioethical implications of emerging biometric identification technologies. Biometrics is the application of technologies that make use of a measurable, physical characteristic or personal behavioural trait to recognise the identity, or verify the claimed identity, of a previously registered individual. Biometrics evoke several social, legal and ethical concerns.

Concerns are based on a variety of factors, including fears about the centralization of biometric identification information and the potential for misuse of these data. The evolution of information technology is likely to result in intimate interdependence between human bodies and technology, the so-called informatization of the body. Bioethical implications of emerging biometrics are crucial to determine the future acceptance/refusal of this technology.

The BITE Project aims to prompt research and to launch a public debate on these issues. Considering the recent EU-US controversy on air passenger records and biometric passports - and in order to compare different perspectives - the project will pay special attention to involve also non - European actors.

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Coordinator

CENTRE FOR SCIENCE, SOCIETY AND CITIZENSHIP

Address

Via Sistina 37
Rome

Italy

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA

Italy

LANCASTER UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

ESACOMMUNICATION

Italy

HUMANSCAN AG

Switzerland

ERASMUS UNIVERSITEIT ROTTERDAM

Netherlands

INTERNATIONAL BIOMETRIC GROUP COMPANY

United Kingdom

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MIGRATION

Switzerland

PBP OPTEL SP. Z O.O.

Poland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 6093

  • Start date

    1 October 2004

  • End date

    28 February 2007

Funded under:

FP6-SOCIETY

  • Overall budget:

    € 290 000

  • EU contribution

    € 290 000

Coordinated by:

CENTRE FOR SCIENCE, SOCIETY AND CITIZENSHIP

Italy