Voicing concerns : the balance between data protection principles and research developments in forensic speech science

Brown, Georgina and Ross, Sula and Kirchhuebel, Christin (2021) Voicing concerns : the balance between data protection principles and research developments in forensic speech science. Science and Justice, 61 (4). pp. 311-318. ISSN 1355-0306

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The status of forensic speech recordings among existing data protection guidance is not clear. The inherent nature of voice and the way in which forensic speech casework is currently allocated mean that there are additional barriers to incorporating real casework data into research activities. The key objective of this work is to explore data protection solutions that could enable the forensic speech science community to responsibly use real casework data for research and development purposes. While reviewing relevant guidance and rulings, issues such as proportionality, opportunism and data minimisation are addressed, as well as where voice sits in relation to the definition of “biometric data”. This paper ultimately places forensic speech recordings in the data protection context to illuminate the specific issues that arise for this data type.

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Science and Justice
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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Science and Justice. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Science and Justice, 61, 4, 2021 DOI: 10.1016/j.scijus.2021.05.006
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?? data protectionforensic speech recordingsdata retentionproportionalitypathology and forensic medicine ??
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