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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.

February 20, 2015 | Jim Killock

Deputy First Minister John Swinney asked questions about the Scottish National ID Database

Both Green and Labour MSPs asked questions yesterday to question the plans to convert the NHS Register into a Scottish National Identity Database. The responses though were rather lacking. Patrick Harvie, from the Greens, asked a question yesterday about the plans:

February 16, 2015 | Jim Killock

Shallow response from MSPs shows heads in sand over Scottish ID Database

Many ORG supporters have received replies from SNP members of the Scottish Parliament over the ID database. The letter, no doubt drafted by civil servants, is rather shallow and fails to address the key points that the campaign has been raising.

February 09, 2015 | Jim Killock

The National Identity Database comes back—but just for Scotland

A minor, barely noticed consultation is not the way to make a major change to Scottish citizens’ privacy and their relationship with the state. Under a change to the Scottish NHS customer database, the Scottish Government will turn the database into a national register of Scottish citizens and their address, linked to a unique number assigned to each person—much as Labour intended to do with ID Cards.

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