The Scottish Human Rights Commission has welcomed the passing of the Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Act at Holyrood.
Published 13 March 2020
Legislation to create a Biometrics Commissioner, who will oversee how policing bodies take, store, use and dispose of data such as finger-prints, DNA samples and facial images, has been passed by the Scottish Parliament.
Published 11 March 2020
A biometrics commissioner will instil confidence in the public that the use of their data is “lawful and ethical”, the Justice Secretary has said.
Published 10 January 2020
The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has backed the general principles of a bill which will create a Scottish biometrics commissioner, and establish a code of practice for the use of biometrics by the police. However, it is calling for the postholder to be given further powers to keep personal data safe and protect privacy.
Published 9 December 2019
A group of campaigning organisations have come together to call on the Scottish government to expand the scope of the proposed biometrics commissioner.
Published 26 September 2019
The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has today launched a call for evidence on new Scottish government proposals to create a Scottish Biometrics Commissioner.
Published 1 July 2019
Greater oversight of how the police take, store, use and dispose of data such as fingerprints, DNA samples and facial images, will be created under proposals published at Holyrood.
Published 31 May 2019