The Biometrics Institute has released new privacy guidelines designed to give its members guidance on best-practice for biometrics and privacy.The institute first developed the Guidelines in November 2011.”With a now global membership base, it was time to review the guidelines again”, explains Isabelle Moeller, chief executive of the Biometrics Institute, “and I am absolutely delighted with the work the Privacy Expert Group (PEG) completed to make this is truly universal best-practice guide”.The PEG includes representatives from Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the USA including biometric industry experts, government employees, legal experts and privacy advocates. The guidelines was then circulated to the Board of Directors and has now been sent to members of the Biometrics Institute and key stakeholders for their input.The Hon Terry Aulich, Head of the PEG states: “The Guidelines recognise that biometrics are applied in many varying use cases around the world under a wide variety of regulatory regimes. It is not intended to be a replacement for international standards or regulatory requirements. It is a recommendation providing direction for the responsible use of biometrics.”The document lists 16 guiding principles addressing important issues such as proportionality, informed consent, and protection of biometric data collected, purpose, retention and the importance of Privacy Impact Assessments.