Definitions[edit | edit source]

Biometrics[edit | edit source]

Conversion is "the creation of a template from the observed data."[1]

Computer technology[edit | edit source]

Conversion is the process of making changes to a database or software, generally changes which will allow the database or software to work on different computers or operating systems.

Data[edit | edit source]

Conversion is

the process of changing records from one medium to another or from one format to another.[2]

Software[edit | edit source]

Conversion is

[m]odification of existing software to enable it to operate with similar functional capability in a different environment; for example, converting a program from FORTRAN to Ada or converting a program that runs on one computer to run on another.[3]

Tort law[edit | edit source]

To state a claim for conversion, a plaintiff must establish:

  1. the plaintiff's ownership or right to possession of certain property;
  2. the defendant's conversion of the property by a wrongful act or disposition of property rights; and
  3. damages.[4]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Privacy and Biometrics: Building a Conceptual Foundation, at 48.
  2. ISO 15489:2001.
  3. Information Technology: An Audit Guide For Assessing Acquisition Risks, Glossary, at 91.
  4. See Oakdale Village Group v. Fong, 43 Cal.App.4th 539, 543-44, 50 Cal.Rptr.2d 810 (1996) (full-text).
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