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…

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.

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