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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.

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.

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 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. 

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.

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 04, 2015 | Jim Killock

Call your MSP—Identity debate today!

Today there is a debate on the Scottish National Identity Database a little after 2pm.

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.

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