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Irish Council For Bioethics

The Irish Council for Bioethics was established in 2002 as an independent, autonomous body to consider the ethical issues raised by developments in science and medicine.


On 4 November 2009 the Council published its latest opinion document
Biometrics: Enhancing Security or Invading Privacy? Opinion
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For more information about the Council's work on Biometrics, click here...

Biometrics Information Leaflet
As part of the public consultation conducted for the Biometrics project, the Council produced an information leaflet highlighting some of the main ethical issues associated with biometrics.

Biometrics Information Leaflet
Click here to download an information leaflet (pdf)


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