USMLE FAQS: Biometric Enabled Check In System (BECS)

Biometric Enabled Check In System for USMLE
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  • What biometric information is collected from a USMLE® candidate using BECS?

Under the BECS program, a digitized representation of your fingerprint, an image of your fingerprint, along with your name, address, telephone number (if you provided one), date of birth or age, identification document number, and a scanned copy of your identification document (which may include your digitized photograph) will be collected and stored. Other standard procedures that are not part of the BECS program will still apply; for example, the test center will photograph you and you will be required to sign in and out during breaks.

  • How long will my biometric information be stored?

Biometric information will remain on a centralized database for a maximum of 48 hours after your test day. Upon expiration of that time period, all demographic information collected using BECS and the fingerprint representation and image, are deleted.

  • Who will have access to my biometric information?

Access to your biometric information will be limited as described in the BECS Privacy Notice for USMLE Candidates. Employees or agents of the USMLE sponsors who have access to the data are bound by confidentiality agreements. The data may be made available to third parties if required by law or as necessary to complete a testing fraud investigation directly related to the relevant candidate(s).

  • Will my biometric information be used by Prometric, USMLE, or USMLE program sponsors for purposes other than those stated in the BECS Privacy Notice for USMLE Candidates?

No.

References: ecfmg.org & usmle.org

 

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