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Police Scotland wins approval on use of biometrics


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Police Scotland has won approval from the Scottish biometrics commissioner for its use of relevant data and technologies over the past year.

Dr Brian Plastow has published the first annual compliance assessment, saying the force has stayed in line with the Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Act 2020 and the Scottish Code of Practice.

It says Police Scotland has used the data and tech in a lawful and effective manner and that, in the year since of Code of Practice was approved by the Scottish Parliament, no complaints have been received about inappropriate use.

Some areas for further development have been self-identified by the force, including a joint biometrics strategy with the Scottish Police Authority, a dedicated resource to support strategic governance arrangements, external assurance mechanisms and working with the commissioner and Scottish Government to review relevant laws.

Congratulation on compliance

Plastow commented: “I wish to congratulate Police Scotland on achieving compliance with the Scottish Code of Practice.

“Biometric data and technologies are used extensively for policing and criminal justice purposes and make a valuable contribution to community safety in Scotland. When used in a lawful, effective, proportionate, necessary and ethical manner they also help promote public confidence and trust.”

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