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May 15, 2018 | Matthew Rice

Purchase first, policies later: Police Scotland under scrutiny

On Thursday 10 May, the Justice Sub-Committee on Policing in the Scottish Parliament took evidence from Police Scotland on its use of “Cyber Kiosks”, mobile phone forensic technology that acts as a “window” into an individual’s phone. The hearing acted as a ‘window’ into Police Scotland’s worrying approach to technology adoption.

April 09, 2018 | Matthew Rice

One more step towards a Scottish Biometrics Commissioner

Scotland, unlike England, Wales and Northern Ireland, does not have an independent body overseeing the use of biometric data such as DNA, fingerprints, facial images. Neither does it have specific rules relating to the deletion of custody photographs - images of those detained or arrested but not necessarily charged with a crime.…

February 23, 2018 | Matthew Rice

3 Ways to Improve Democratic Participation in Scotland

Democracies around the world are facing a crisis in relevance and participation. Scotland is no different. The most recent local elections in 2017 had a turnout of 45%, which is bad but astonishingly was an improvement on the 2012 turnout that had a

February 09, 2018 | Matthew Rice

E-voting's Unsolvable Problem

E-voting is sold to the public as a solution to the problem of democratic participation, especially ‘the youth’ turnout. Recent experience suggest that isn’t the case. In fact, e-voting creates problems, not solutions, and these problems are unsolvable. 

January 11, 2018 | Matthew Rice

2018: Threats, Opportunities and Databases

When it comes to Scotland, Open Rights Group's work in 2018 provides some enormous opportunities - and threats too. This is a quick rundown of some of the areas we expect to stay high on our agenda throughout the year.

December 01, 2017 | Caitlin Bishop

We’re all data subjects now

We’re all consumers for someone. This article was originally published in LegalScot supplement with Times Scotland on 29 November.

August 09, 2017 | Matthew Rice

There is a light and it shouldn't go out: Freedom of Information in Scotland

Open Rights Group has called on two bodies to review the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. It is vital that both bodies choose to review to explore freedom of information in Scotland from two distinct perspectives: politics, and law.

July 03, 2017 | Ed Johnson-Williams

Shape the future of ORG Scotland's local groups

Matthew Rice – our new Scotland Director – is visiting several local groups in Scotland over the next couple of weeks. Come along to meet Matthew and help shape upcoming work in ORG local groups in your area.

June 27, 2017 | Matthew Rice

Devolved voice in Scotland vital for securing human rights in the digital age

Decisions taken in Scotland, either by the Scottish Government, through representatives in Westminster, or in Brussels via Scots MEPs are going to be of more significance than ever before. In a political landscape where the direction of travel for powers is towards more devolution it is vital that Scotland is recognised as a society with different considerations, a shared history but possibly a different future to other parts of the UK.

March 17, 2017 | Jim Killock

Now we need to dismantle the Scottish ID system

News that the Scottish Government has dropped plans to turn the NHS central register into a national identity database are very welcome. But this isn’t the end of the story: Scotland retains the legacy of an identity system that is extremely similar to the UK’s discredited ID cards project, which was dropped after Labour lost the election in 2010.

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