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‘I know you like the back of my hand’: biometric practices of humanitarian organisations in international aid

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dc.contributor.author Açikyildiz, Çaglar
dc.date.accessioned 2024-02-23T13:20:45Z
dc.date.available 2024-02-23T13:20:45Z
dc.date.issued 2024
dc.identifier.citation Açıkyıldız Ç. ‘I know you like the back of my hand’: biometric practices of humanitarian organisations in international aid. Disasters. 2024;48(2):e12612. DOI: 10.1111/disa.12612
dc.identifier.issn 0361-3666
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/59245
dc.description.abstract Humanitarian organisations are increasingly utilising biometric data. However, we know little about the extent and scope of this practice, as its benefits and risks have attracted all the attention so far. This paper explores the biometric practices of the United Nations Refugee Agency, the United Nations World Food Programme, the International Committee of the Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières, and World Vision International. The study analysed relevant documents published over the past two decades and 17 semi-structured interviews with humanitarian workers conducted between June 2021 and June 2022. The findings reveal that humanitarian organisations use diverse types and functions of biometric data for differ-ent services, collaborate with many actors, and employ various data protection measures. Ultimately, challenging the straightforward generalisations about the use of such data, the paper argues that variational applications of biometrics in the humanitarian context require case-by-case analysis, as each instance will likely produce a different outcome.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Wiley
dc.relation.ispartof Disasters. 2024;48(2):e12612.
dc.rights © 2023 The Authors. Disasters published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of ODI. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.title ‘I know you like the back of my hand’: biometric practices of humanitarian organisations in international aid
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/disa.12612
dc.subject.keyword biometrics
dc.subject.keyword data
dc.subject.keyword humanitarian aid
dc.subject.keyword humanitarian organisations
dc.subject.keyword international aid
dc.subject.keyword technology
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion

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