UK oversight bodies probe government data set ethics and biometric strategy

Biometrics News | February 18, 2019

The UK government’s Biometrics and Forensics Ethics Group (BFEG) has been tasked with providing independent oversight of the Home Office’s use of large and complex data sets, just as the Commons’ Science and Technology Committee announced it will hold an evidence session to consider Home Office’s “Biometrics Strategy.” The commons committee will call Biometrics Commissioner Paul Wiles, Forensic Science Regulator Dr. Gillian Tully, and the Minister for Countering Extremism Susan Williams as it checks on progress made towards addressing the recommendations made in its 2018 report, as well as evaluating the heavily-criticized Biometrics Strategy and the Forensic Science Regulator Bill.

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TELUS | September 02, 2022

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This project is currently underway and is expected to be complete by late 2024. “We are pleased to announce to the communities of North and South Tallcree this tremendous opportunity for our people, We have been awaiting this announcement since 2019. Chief and Council and our Administration have worked in partnership with TELUS Wireless Services and the CRTC on this project for several years. This project opens up greater opportunity for our members in these communities. It brings the world to our doorstep and allows our communities to broaden their networks. We are pleased to be working with TELUS in this partnership and are extremely grateful to Brian Bettis and his team at TELUS for working so very hard on this project and extremely grateful to the CRTC for recognizing the importance of these communication tools that help our communities to remain connected. 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Carahsoft | October 14, 2022

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