Scotland stops treating under-12s as criminals but is urged to do more
Scotland is to stop treating children under 12 as offenders later this month after the Scottish parliament voted earlier this year to raise the age of criminal responsibility from eight. The Scottish children’s commissioner, however, has criticised the measure as inadequate and urged ministers in Edinburgh to revisit the decision and raise the minimum age to 14. Bruce Adamson said he had repeatedly urged Scottish government ministers to change their minds and follow expert advice from human rights bodies, including the UN, that 12 was too low.
Police Scotland combines drones with AI
Police Scotland is planning to use AI technology with its remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) to find missing and vulnerable people. The project is being run with a consortium of partners, including not-for-profit innovation centre CENSIS, technology company Thales UK and the University of the West of Scotland. CENSIS said it is thought to be a first of its kind for UK police forces in using a form of machine learning that provides real time image analysis for identifying humans in rural areas.
Holyrood urged to block use of facial recognition technology
The Scottish Parliament is being urged to recommend a moratorium on the use of facial recognition technology, particularly by the police. Academics raised concerns about problems with the technology and argued it is “intrusive”. In a submission to MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Sub-Committee on Policing, they called for a moratorium. While Police Scotland told the committee it has “no current plans” to bring the software in, or “any other new biometric technology”, Dr Angela Daly, of Strathclyde Law School, called on the committee to “become an international leader in ethical technology policy” and suspend the use of any such technology.