Member Login  |   Join Us  |  Resources  |  FAQs  |  News  |  Events  |  Contact Us  


  Search for a Solicitor Advocate

 contact@solicitoradvocates.org

Follow us   

 

General

The Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill 05/06/2019 The Scottish Government has published the Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill, aiming to provide greater oversight of how the police take, store, use and dispose of data such as finger-prints, DNA samples and facial images.

The Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill

The Scottish Government has published the Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill, aiming to provide greater oversight of how the police take, store, use and dispose of data such as finger-prints, DNA samples and facial images.

The Bill will improve how biometric data is handled by police, ensuring it is done in a lawful, ethical and effective way during investigations. It will also require the Commissioner to prepare a code of practice to provide guidance and information on good practice in relation to the acquisition, retention, use and destruction of biometric data by Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority.

“Technological advances in biometrics have brought huge benefits to police and other justice agencies in detecting, preventing and prosecuting crime. However, their use also raises a number of ethical and human rights considerations. The Scottish Government wants to ensure that the approach to biometric data in policing and criminal justice system is lawful, effective and ethical,” said Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf.

“There is not yet a single commonly recognised set of working standards around biometrics,” he explained. “The new Commissioner and the code of practice will complement the work of others, including the Information Commissioner, and help maintain public confidence in how new technologies and data are being used to help keep crime down and communities safe.”

Human rights lawyer and Society of Solicitor Advocates’ President John Scott QC chaired the Independent Advisory Group on Biometric Data which reported last year, and whose legislative recommendations form the basis of the Bill now introduced to Parliament.

According to Mr Scott, “biometric data, including existing technologies relating to fingerprints and DNA, are used to promote public safety in various ways. The new framework will ensure that this is done while taking full account of the rights of the individual, not least the right to privacy and security when it comes to the most personal information about them such as can be derived from biometric data.”

“This Bill, along with related work on the new Ethics Advisory Group for Biometrics recommended by the Independent Advisory Group, will help to place Scotland once more in the vanguard of the ethical development of existing and emerging technologies,” he said.

The Bill can be found here.

 

Find a Solicitor Advocate
Looking for a solicitor advocate to
represent you or your client?
Learn more
 
 

Sitemap  |  Privacy and legal  |  Accessibility  |  Cookies Policy  |  Terms and Conditions  |  Scam Alert

© Copyright 2012 The Society of Solicitor Advocates

Website by Red Towers (Scotland) Limited