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In recent times, around the issue of treatment of sensitive data, which is precisely the fingerprint, has developed a strong debate that sees the one hand those who put themselves in defense of high-risk environments, fighting always with un'incalzante crime and on the other side of the user who, not having correct information about, there is the question of the legality of such procedures.

It 's definitely a right of everyone to protect your privacy but it is also entitled to certain entities to protect their values and at the same time the physical security of persons on its premises.

Put in place that is normal perplexed for the use of the image of its own characteristic biometrics without his consent, such as may happen for the face, it is necessary to emphasize the fact that this is not possible in the fingerprint recognition through because the user has to be just to put your finger on the fingerprint system already highlighting a consent to the use of this device.

The Privacy biometric devices requires above all a guarantee, that it is impossible to extract from the numerical code, created by processing biometrics, the image of the characteristic somatic used for recognition, this warranty is given by the non-reversibility of the code number, called templates.

The Privacy also required that this template is not stored on a database in a cantralizzato software, nor to the player: the template must be stored in a mobile support that you take with you, like a proximity card with memory , as the Mifare card for example.

Respecting these requirements a biometric system can be installed for access control applications, where there are high security requirements.

Are not currently authorized by the Guarantor installations of biometric systems for monitoring attendance, in any case, since such a system is considered detrimental to the Employee Privacy and too invasive, due to its high effectiveness in preventing exchanges of identity: the control is too narrow.

As part of the anti-theft applications, intended for banks, the intervention of the Privacy was very incisive and present: in these systems it is collected and stored the actual fingerprint image in order to allow ' identification of any subsequent robber by State forces.

The history

THE FACT (July 2000)

Some customers of a bank where Roman, along with video surveillance devices are installed for access control systems based on fingerprint detection, report to the Authority for the processing of personal data, the security procedure used by the bank as a violation of the law Privacy.


  • The detection and indiscriminate collection of fingerprints at the entrance of banks is not authorized by the general security requirements, which are not supported by evidence showing risk situations
  • Customers are not adequately informed in advance and




The Guarantor accepts the use of fingerprint devices at banks but requires strict safeguards:

  1. L'The Guarantor accepts the use of fingerprint devices at banks but requires strict safeguards
  2. "The fingerprinting can not give rise to any" profiling "by the lenders, therefore, can not constitute any database with information gathered [...]"
  3. "Only the police or judicial authorities [...], can decrypt and access to information [...] the encrypted data will be completely deleted after a week."
  4. "The banks have to provide clear guidance at the entrance to alert users to the presence of detection systems and the possibility of access to the premises in a different way."
  5. "They can not be system data indexing or face recognition."
  6. "The information concerning the impressions must be strictly protected by encryption systems automatically [...]"

Compliance of applicable laws Ether

The V-Flex SG with Mifare reader used for access control applications operating in compliance with the Privacy Act, because the logic of the system is as follows:

  • Acquisition of the fingerprint
  • Processing instant impression by the software program, and immediate transformation in numerical code
  • Record the code number on a smart card proximity Mifare who remains in possession of the user
  • Use only the numeric code for the recognition of the person, after rpesentazione card to the reader, recognition 1:1 with the template stored on the card.
  • The process of creating the numeric code from the image of the fingerprint can not be reversed (injective function), making it impossible to generate the image of the impression from the template.



Are you sure that the CCTV systems made MANDATORY comply with regulations in the field of privacy and surveillance of employees? Are you aware that in many cases, you may be co-responsible for the service of data processing?

Biometric eternal, through collaboration with Anteklab, offers a valuable and necessary service aimed at installers and owners of video surveillance systems to resolve the uncertainties and issues related to the processing of the documents required by the privacy policy.

By contacting us you can communicate your concerns, an expert will follow you for answers and other means required by the main regulations here include:

  • Legislative Decree 196/2003: Introduces the protection of privacy, creating a new legal framework.
  • The new measure in the field of video surveillance in 2010 (Official Gazette 99 of 29 April 2010) sets out the criteria to be met in the specific field of video surveillance / privacy.

Therefore, these two rules and their updates, impose certain obligations to both installers to holders of video surveillance systems.

It introduces new rules to be met by public and private entities who intend to install cameras and video surveillance systems.

For the installer the compulsory documentation required to be in compliance is the Technical Document - provisions of Annex B of D. Lgsl. 196/2003, Section 25 (code PRIVACY-01).

For the owner, the new Provision provides various types of cases, according to the places in which the installation, the adopted technologies and management systems of the same (PRIVACY-02).

Ether Biometric through Anteklab, provides independent counsel to process the required documents.

Warning! In the case where the system is installed in the following areas: surveillance activities in the workplace, in hospitals / treatment centers, schools, places of worship, public bodies, etc..; Prompted other additional documentation (consent union, preliminary verification, notification to the Guarantor, etc.).

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The video surveillance systems are in effect systems processing of personal data and are therefore subject to the law in force and, in particular, in the privacy code.

Video surveillance systems offered by Eter Biometric comply with legislation, for example Aylook, is a hybrid video surveillance system "privacy-compliant 'ability to comply fully with the requirements relating to privacy and the rights of workers.

Aylook allows very flexible configurations, such as to meet the needs of each employee to the system video surveillance system administrator, the owner, the manager, those in charge.

Download the presentation pdf Aylook and Privacy


27-04-2010 - Nuovo Provvedimento in Materia di videosorveglianza pubblicato dal Garante per la Privacy "The authorities Guarantor launched the new rules for the protection of personal data in the field of video surveillance, replacing the old General Provision 2004. This Action (doc.Web1712680) was long overdue and introduces important new features, it was necessary not only in the light of massive surveillance systems for different purposes (prevention, repression, crime, public safety, control roads, protection of private property, etc..) but also because of the numerous legislative measures taken in this field, for example those which attributed to the mayors and municipalities specific powers relating to public safety and urban security, as well as the rules - even regional - have encouraged the use of cameras."

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