Scottish Biometrics Commissioner calls for broader oversight powers

27/09/2023 | Holyrood

The Scottish Biometrics Commissioner, Brian Plastow, has called for an extension of his powers to include oversight of the entire criminal justice sector, including agencies such as the National Crime Agency and Ministry of Defence Police. Biometric data, including DNA and fingerprints, is used across criminal prosecutions, prisons and multi-agency management arrangements for violent and sexual offenders. Plastow believes that some of these areas "do not benefit" from independent oversight or the protection provided by his Code of Practice, which could impact public trust. The Code of Practice currently includes 12 principles, including accountability, privacy, and protection of the vulnerable, to ensure the lawful and ethical use of biometric data by policing authorities.

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