Calls for ICO to investigate Police Scotland’s cloud deployments

05/07/2024 | Computer Weekly

Scottish biometrics commissioner Brian Plastow is urging the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) to conduct a formal investigation into Police Scotland's cloud-based Digital Evidence Sharing Capability (DESC) for compliance with UK data protection laws. 

The move comes after Microsoft revealed its inability to guarantee the sovereignty of UK policing data hosted on its Azure public cloud. The call for an investigation is further supported by recent criticism of the ICO's police cloud guidance, which was released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. These concerns highlight potential risks to data subjects, including US government access via the Cloud Act and contractual issues related to data sovereignty.

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