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Brenda Leong

Senior Counsel and Director of Operations, Future of Privacy Forum



PANEL: Building Public Trust Around Biometric Technology

  • Discussing the need to focus on public education/awareness regarding the specifics of biometrics technology
  • The importance of transparency in data collected and used in biometrics systems
  • Identifying and addressing the privacy and security concerns of “non-secret” authentication/verification techniques

Full synopsis
This panel will focus on the need to demystify biometric technology, raise public awareness of the way the technology works, and communicate the protections and standards involved that provide the infrastructure for this industry. This includes a detailed examination of the role of transparency in individual applications and services for understanding what data is collected, how it is used, the control available to an individual consumer, and the practices in place to limit exposure.

The foundation of this discussion requires a clear acknowledgement of the fears, both realistic and exaggerated, that currently exist in the public perception, and a strategy to address and manage those expectations thoughtfully.

Ultimately, the goal is to demonstrate that public trust is not only necessary, but possible, in order to further expand these technologies in a way consistent with privacy interests, as well innovation and efficiency of services.

Brenda Leong, CIPP/US, is Senior Counsel and Director of Operations at the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF). She oversees strategic planning and budget management, as well as managing FPF support to privacy issues across the FPF portfolio – from student privacy, consumer wellness, and wearables, to big data, de-identification standards and privacy by design, as well as smart technologies and ethical considerations of data use. She works on industry standards and collaboration on privacy concerns, as well as partnering with stakeholders and advocates to reach practical solutions to the privacy challenges for consumer and commercial data uses.

Prior to working at FPF, Brenda served in the U.S. Air Force, including policy and legislative affairs work from the Pentagon and the U.S. Department of State. She is a 2014 graduate of George Mason University School of Law.

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