Title: Property rights for biometric information – a protection measure?

Authors: Yue Liu

Addresses: Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 6706 St Olavs Plass, No-0130 Oslo, Norway

Abstract: This paper investigates the validity of the argument for using property rights as a protection measure for biometric information. Taking a neutral view, the paper discusses the possible justification, practical value and legal basis for such an approach. Different views from both sides are evaluated and analysed. It proposes that the property right approach may find legal basis in both EU and US jurisdictions, however, the practical value for the property right approach varies in different legal regimes, and the enforcement for this approach still needs further research.

Keywords: biometric information; property rights; biometrics; protection measures.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPL.2009.024141

International Journal of Private Law, 2009 Vol.2 No.3, pp.244 - 259

Published online: 27 Mar 2009 *

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