February 06, 2020 | Matthew Rice

Scottish Biometrics Commissioner receives Committee boost


Amendments made to the Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill have strengthened the status of the proposed Commissioner, including providing an individual complaints procedure, making the code of practice set by the Commissioner binding and allowing for the…

February 05, 2020 | Jennifer Breslin

Conference report - Computer, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) Brussels 22nd-24 January 2020

Last week I attended the ‘Computers, Privacy and Data Protection’ annual conference in Brussels. It consisted of an intense programme of 84 panels over just 3 days. Five panels ran concurrently in separate venues and the high calibre panellists included intellectual heavyweights and privacy crusaders. It was a ‘who’s who’ of the privacy world featuring names such as Ravi Naik, Carole Cadwalladr,…

July 24, 2019 | Matthew Rice

What Scotland can learn from the facial recognition fiasco

Facial recognition may be an ambition for Police Scotland, but they can’t let that blind them to the steps they need to take before embarking on trials. Scotland Director Matthew Rice sets out those steps

June 18, 2019 | Matthew Rice

Cyber Kiosks: Let's Do The Time Warp Again

The Chair of the Scottish Police Authority had suggested critics of Police Scotland's cyber kiosk roll out were living in a time warp and peddling "sensationalist" human rights fears. ORG responds

June 12, 2019 | Matthew Rice

The Guessing Game: Next steps from Scottish Government on Cyber Kiosks

On Thursday 13 June 2019 the Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf will take a seat in Committee Room 6 in the Scottish Parliament in front of the Justice Sub-Committee on Policing. He will then reveal what the Scottish Government intends to do to modernise the legal framework for seizing and searching electronic devices…

November 16, 2018 | Matthew Rice

Police Scotland have opened their Pandora's box

In an effort to solve the problem of a backlog of digital devices, Police Scotland have exposed some profound problems regarding the legal framework of the whole digital forensics system.

September 25, 2018 | Matthew Rice

The future of surveillance oversight needs YOU!

The Scottish Government has a presumption against the creation of new public bodies. Open Rights Group explains why your voice is so important to the outcome of the consultation.

August 31, 2018 | Matthew Rice

The Generation Game: Defining Biometrics

Continuing Open Rights Group’s analysis of the proposal for enhanced oversight of biometrics, Scotland Director Matthew Rice turns to the definition of biometric data.

August 21, 2018 | Matthew Rice

Building for which future? Reaction to the proposed Scottish Biometrics Commissioner

The Scottish Government has proposed to create a Scottish Biometrics Commissioner to provide enhanced oversight of the collection, use and deletion of biometric data. Open Rights Group reacts to the proposal.

June 20, 2018 | Matthew Rice

Freedom of information in Scotland: Don't lose sight of the bigger picture

On Wednesday 13 June the Scottish Information Commissioner’s Office (SICO) published their intervention into the Scottish Government’s freedom of information practice and performance. The intervention by the ICO concluded that the Scottish Government treated freedom of information requests from journalists differently from…

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