Publication of National Standard for Use of Biometrics for Authentication: CAN/DGSI 120:2024

OTTAWA – The Digital Governance Standards Institute (DGSI) is proud to announce the publication of CAN/DGSI 120:2024: Use of Biometrics for Authentication, a groundbreaking national standard that addresses the pressing need for guidance in biometric authentication processes.

In an era marked by technological advancements and digital transformation, the need for robust authentication mechanisms has never been more critical. Biometric technologies offer numerous advantages for verification and authentication, providing a secure and convenient method of ensuring digital trust. However, these technologies also pose challenges and risks, including privacy concerns and the potential for misuse.

Developed by the DGSI Technical Committee 15 (TC 15) on Biometrics, which includes over 20 thought leaders and experts in cybersecurity of devices and systems, the standard provides a comprehensive framework for the implementation of biometric authentication systems. It ensures consistency, reliability, and security across various applications and sectors, ranging from border control to financial transactions and mobile device security.

The publication of CAN/DGSI 120:2024 comes at a crucial time when the rapid advancement of biometric technologies has outpaced the development of laws and regulations to address acceptable use and protect against misuse. By offering guidance on biometric authentication, explaining various attacks on remote biometric systems, and providing strategies for mitigating risks, the standard aims to protect both customers and organizations from potential threats.


For more information on this standard, visit CAN/DGSI 120:2024


For media inquiries:
Darryl Kingston
Executive Director
Digital Governance Standards Institute


About the Digital Governance Standards Institute 

The Digital Governance Standards Institute develops digital technology governance standards fit for global use. The Institute works with experts, as well as national and global partners and the public to develop national standards that reduce risk to Canadians and Canadian organizations adopting and using innovative digital technologies in today’s digital economy. The Institute is an independent division of the Digital Governance Council. To learn more about the organization and its initiatives, visit or contact

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