Certificate of Advanced Studies in Biometrics and Privacy

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1. What are biometrics and data protection?

New applications using biometric technologies are launched every day. They change our vision of society and pose challenging questions regarding citizens’ identities and the end of privacy.

Biometrics includes all data generated by the measurement and statistical analysis of peoples’ physical, behavioural and technical characteristics: fingerprints, faces, irises, or passwords, photos and activities recorded on various devices. Biometrics poses a growing challenge in many areas: Where is the data stored? Who can access it for what purpose? Could it be hacked and misused? How can citizens protect themselves? How should employee files be managed?

2. The General Data Protection Regulation and its impact on companies risk and data protection management

In 2016 the European Commission adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This new text will enter into force in May 2018. It will apply to all companies and institutions offering goods or services to EU’s citizens and organisations. The GDPR demands that companies implement adequate and auditable Data Protection frameworks and risk management. Organisations will have to prove that they are permanently reviewing and updating personal data protection measures.. The new regulation will raise ethical, cultural and social issues which will be adressed in the programme.

3. Why this training programme helps you mastering the changes ahead

The goal of this Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) is to teach concepts and technologies in the area of Biometrics and Privacy and provide students with a full understanding of data protection, privacy preservation, compliance with privacy regulations and potential privacy losses.

The training provides a general overview of all above mentioned issues and aims at helping companies and institutions preparing themselves to this new situation.

4. Degree issued

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Biometrics and Privacy – 12 ECTS.
This degree has been designed according to the Bologna Agreements.

5. Cooperation

This CAS Biometrics & Privacy has been created in collaboration with the Idiap Research Institute.

The Idiap Research Institute is an independent, non-for-profit, research foundation affiliated with Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Its activities encompass basic research and development in the areas of multimedia information management, perceptual and cognitive systems, social media, biometric person recognition, multimodal information interfaces, and large scale machine learning

6. Master the data protection challenges of the future

The CAS Biometrics & Privacy comprises 6 modules of 2 ECTS credits each.

M1 – Biometric Technologies
Introduction to biometrics (definitions, concepts, examples and applications)

M2 – Biometrics Standards
ISO standards and terminology in Biometrics

M3 – Security and Privacy-Preserving Biometrics
Complete insights of privacy-preserving biometric authentication, challenges and methods

M4 – Legal Aspects of Data Protection and Privacy
Presentation of the methodology, systematic and leading principles of European data protection legislation

M5 – Ethics, Culture and Society
Introduction to principal themes and concepts in ethical, cultural and societal implications of biometrics

M6 – Forensic Science
Deployment of biometrics systems in Forensic Science practice around the world. Use and misuse of faces, fingerprints and DNA by law enforcement agencies

7. Objectives

The programme’s objectives are:

  • to have a strong knowledge on how biometrics works
  • to evaluate the scientific and technical challenges biometrics is facing
  • to appreciate the vulnerabilities of biometric systems and get knowledge on how to circumvent them
  • to understand the basic concepts of cryptography
  • to comprehend how biometric authentication works and the challenges in privacy-preserving biometric authentication
  • to get solid knowledge on biometric terminology
  • to understand the methodology, the systematic and the leading principles of European data protection legislation
  • to identify, analyse and apply relevant legislation to complex issues in the field of European data protection legislation
  • to understand the main ethical, cultural and societal issues raised by biometric technology and applications
  • to explain the basis of the three forensic modalities (face, fingerprints and DNA) and their concepts of operations when used by law enforcement agencies.

Detailed learning outcomes are listed in each module’s document.

8. Target Audience

The CAS Biometrics & Privacy is particularly intended for

  • Employees in companies, institutions and NGOs dealing with private data (HR, healthcare, security, banking, government services, etc.)
  • Data protection officers
  • Business excecutives and CEOs
  • Security and compliance officers
  • Assessors
  • Archivists

9. Application Fee

CHF 200.00

This fee covers the processing of the application file and its submission to the Admitting Committee. No document will be reviewed without its payment.

This fee remains due even if the admission is not granted.

10. Tuition Fee

CHF 6,000.00 for the whole CAS programme
CHF 1,300.00 for each module taken separately

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