Session 5: Information Sharing and Cooperation: Technical and Policy Aspects


Moderator: Peter Higgins


Potential Discussion Topics

  • What are the major challenges associated with “terrorist list” file sharing and aggregation, and how are they impacted or mitigated by the inclusion of biometrics?

  • What are current biometric data-sharing activities, and to what extent have they been successful or unsuccessful (and why)?

  • What should data policy look like in terms of database integration, data mining, and data privacy aspects in biometric system development and integration? What are the data policy implications of using and comparing biometrics data with other data sources? How does policy deal with sensitive but unclassified sources and methods as well as third-party ownership of biometric data (such as NATO countries providing fingerprints of terrorists to add to watch lists)?

  • How is biometrics data- and information-sharing policy being shaped, and what should inform its development? What is missing from the national policy discussion that could facilitate the desired security objectives? If the issues center on legal policy, are they being addressed in a timely fashion or would a higher priority or higher-level legal authority help disposition of these issues?

  • What is the role of your organization in international standards setting, forensics standards compliance, and cross-jurisdictional cooperation?



William Casey, Boston Police Department

Patty Cogswell and Neal Latta, US-VISIT

K.A. Taipale, Center for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology Policy

John Woodward, Department of Defense Biometrics Management Office, Biometrics Fusion Center


Group Brainstorm (This session did not take place due to lack of time; follow-up input in writing was solicited from participants.)


Moderator: Joe Pato


Potential Discussion Topics

  • What are the important questions and issues that have come out of this workshop that the committee should seek to address in the rest of its study?

  • Who should the committee be sure to hear from (individuals, groups, institutions, or areas of expertise)?

  • How can this committee’s work be most helpful to the broader community?

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