How (not) to encrypt biometric data

Biometric authentication has become a part of our everyday life, from unlocking our smartphone to passing through automated border control gates. But how secure is biometric authentication really? Is my passport image even encrypted? This talk will go into detail on the security of biometric authentication, and explain why encryption of biometric data is not as straightforward as we think it is. A short detour into post-quantum cryptography will be included in the talk.

Intended audience
Anyone interested in biometrics and cryptography, no prior knowledge required
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Pia Bauspieß
Pia Bauspieß is a PhD student at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and a doctoral researcher at the National Research Center for Applied Cybersecurity (ATHENE). Her current research focuses on privacy-preserving biometrics with particular interest in homomorphic encryption and post-quantum cryptography.