The UK Biometrics Working Group (BWG) is a cross government group
focused on the use of biometric technology across government and CNI.
The BWG's remit is broad ranging and includes providing general advice
on biometric technology and procurement, addressing privacy and Human
Rights issues, directing technical areas such as evaluation and testing,
and offering biometric policy advice and security assurance. CESG
administers the BWG and leads the security assurance and policy related
areas. The BWG comprises representatives from government departments,
independent biometrics specialists, and other relevant contributors
from the UK and elsewhere.
Key aspects of the BWG program include:
The BWG has produced a set of management
summaries, including a glossary of commonly used biometrics
terms and a list of frequently asked questions about biometric technology.
- Focus on Government and Critical National Infrastructure (CNI)
requirements and agendas.
- Support from leading international biometrics experts.
- Co-operation with international standardisation activities through
- Liaison with foreign governments in the area of biometrics.
The BWG has previously produced various documents which are available
in the reference documentation section.
For more information about the Biometrics Working group please contact