Manage 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


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.