Interview with Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner Fraser Sampson


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Now that he’s been in the post for a month, Fraser Sampson is in talks with industry to prioritize plans for the new combined post of UK Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner. IFSEC Global recently had the chance to sit down with Fraser to discuss their vision for the challenges ahead and their intentions to work with private security industry expertise to help guide standards.

“Although controversial, the issues covered by the role are extremely interesting and important to everyone,” notes Fraser Sampson, as we sit down to discuss the progress of the first five weeks of his post as Biometrics Commissioner. and surveillance cameras.

Granted, with the role now combined to cover everything from DNA profiles to the use of facial recognition, there will be a lot of things covered in the new role’s remits. As Fraser explains in the interview below, there are increasingly obvious overlap considerations between biometric data and the use of surveillance cameras, which are often the primary device for capture points.

Continuing the work of his predecessor (Tony Porter), Fraser will work “closely and regularly” with private security agencies. He stresses the importance of the security sectors in understanding what is technologically feasible for devices: “There is no substitute for hearing the organizations and individuals who use this technology, and separating the myth from the facts, this which can help focus industry standards on technology such as ANPR and facial recognition software.

The day-to-day use of technology is crucial in formulating guidelines and standards on best practice regarding its use, especially in public spaces, says Fraser.

The discussion also revolves around the importance of Secure by Default – the self-certification program launched by Tony Porter at IFSEC International in 2019 to enable surveillance camera and component manufacturers to demonstrate that products meet security requirements. minimum. “Safety as a design element of the word ‘go’ has to go hand in hand with the product or service being offered, as well as the trust people place in it. There is a growing need to understand the levels and layers of security that are built into products – and the time to do so is in the design stage, rather than as a bolt-on-bolt answer.

Finally, we discuss the challenges that my Office expects to witness in the near future. Ultimately, as Fraser explains, any new technology requires users to think carefully about how they use it – new technology is now able to work as it is designed to work, but there have to be some challenges. considerations of how it is used in a responsible and justified manner. .

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Fraser Sampson will join us at IFSEC Connect 2021, as we discuss current challenges, threats and opportunities in the video surveillance industry, as well as megatrends, in an exclusive webinar on the topic. More details will follow soon, but be sure to keep an eye on IFSEC International for all the latest news!

Read Fraser’s introductory post to the industry in his first blog post as Commissioner of Biometrics and Surveillance Cameras, here.

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