MSPs call for extra powers for future Scottish biometrics commissioner
Members of the Scottish Parliament have called for a national biometrics commissioner to be given extra powers to those outlined in the Scottish Government’s bill. The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has concluded its inquiry on the plan by supporting the proposal for a commission and code of practice for the use of biometrics by the police, but also called for the postholder to be given more power to ensure the protection of personal data.
MSPs back Scottish biometrics commissioner for new technology
MSPS have backed a plan for a biometrics tzar who would keep tabs on the police use of personal data such as eye scans, facial images and fingerprints. However, the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee is calling for the new biometrics commissioner to be given extra powers to keep personal data safe and protect privacy.
Scots being terrorised by stalkers can use new app to record their experiences
A mobile phone app was launched today to help Scots women being terrorised by stalkers to record their experiences. The app can record times, locations and details of incidents which can later be passed to police as evidence. The technology was developed by the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre (SWRC), which supports those suffering abuse and violence, and media co-op. It was created as a response to challenges women face trying to secure evidence of stalking they endure.
Scottish Government warned digital laws ‘not fit for purpose’
Scotland needs to develop new legislation around policing that is fit for purpose in the digital age, according to leading academics researching the increased use of technology by Police Scotland. The calls come ahead of a Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) conference this week that will look at the increasing digital dimensions to policing and the ethical challenges emerging as a result.
Economic impact of Scotland’s lower drink-drive limit revealed
The lowering of the drink-drive limit in Scotland had little long-term financial impact on pubs, according to new research. In the first study of its kind, experts at the University of Stirling interviewed owners and managers of on-trade premises – such as pubs, restaurants and nightclubs – to understand how the legislation had affected their businesses, following its introduction almost five years.