Biometrics report warns Scottish Police lacks overarching strategy, training

10/04/2024 | FUTURESCOT

new report by the Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Dr Brian Plastow has revealed that the police in Scotland hold an estimated three million images, raising concerns over the 'proportionality' of retaining such a vast database. Dr Plastow has expressed concerns over the practice of data retention by Police Scotland, highlighting the lack of an overarching strategy with respect to the management of biometric data, including DNA, fingerprints, and images. Furthermore, Dr Plastow raised concerns that police are not being effectively trained in biometrics data management and warned that underinvestment was hampering the force's ability to provide effective management of data. 

Dr Plastow has also expressed concerns over the Scottish Government’s Digital Evidence Sharing Capability (DESC) programme, which seeks to streamline the sharing of digital evidence between justice agencies, including courts and the police.

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