Fraser Sampson appointed UK Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner
The Home Secretary has appointed lawyer Fraser Sampson as the government’s new independent Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner.
Mr Sampson, who took up his post on 1 March, will promote compliance with the Surveillance Camera Code and rules on police use of DNA and fingerprints.
A solicitor, he was formerly an honorary professor and research fellow at Sheffield Hallam University. Between 2016 and 2019, he was chief executive of the Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner in North Yorkshire.
Between 2006 and 2019, he was the chief executive and general counsel for the Police & Crime Commissioner in West Yorkshire and the executive director of the Civil Nuclear Police Authority. He was also a police officer for West Yorkshire Police and the British Transport Police, between 1982 and 1996.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “I am pleased to appoint Fraser Sampson as the new Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner.
“It is vital the government works to empower police to use technology to keep the public safe while maintaining their trust and Fraser Sampson’s extensive experience in law and policing makes him the right person to take up this role.”
Mr Sampson said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed to cover these two distinct but increasingly overlapping roles. I look forward to working with all partners in what is a fast-moving and challenging area of balancing the public interest considerations with the rights of individuals.”