March 23, 2020 | Matthew Rice

Defamation and Malicious Publications Bill - Justice Committee Response

Open Rights Group are a grass-roots campaigning organisation focusing on supporting the right to freedom of expression, and the right to privacy online. the Open Rights Group are grateful for the opportunity to provide comments to the Defamation and Malicious Publications (Scotland) Bill for consideration by the Justice Committee.

The reform in Scotland provides an opportunity to ensure:

  • That…

March 09, 2020 | Matthew Rice

Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Stage 3 Debate briefing

November 06, 2019 | Matthew Rice

Joint Submission with Big Brother Watch to Justice Sub-Committee on Policing's facial recognition inquiry

This is a joint submission to the Justice Sub-Committee's inquiry into Police Scotland's use of facial recognition. The submission was made alongside Big Brother Watch, the civil liberties campaigning organisation.

September 26, 2019 | Matthew Rice

Joint letter to Cabinet Secretary Humza Yousaf on Scottish Biometrics Commissioner

Humza Yousaf MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Justice
The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh EH99 1SP

26 September 2019

Dear Humza,

We are writing as civil society organisations working across Scotland and the United Kingdom on issues of human rights and the impact of technology on fundamental rights.

The use of biometrics in law enforcement is…

September 01, 2019 | Matthew Rice

Scottish Biometrics Commissioner - Response to Justice Committee call for evidence

Open Rights Group's response to the call for evidence from Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee on the Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill

May 30, 2019 | Matthew Rice

Seizing the Future: Seeking clarity of law in the seizure and search of mobile devices in Scotland

This report compares Police Scotland's lawful basis for seizing and searching electronic devices against European Court of Human Rights standards. The report concludes that human rights standards require a new statutory framework is necessary given the intrusiveness of a search of electronic devices.

April 16, 2019 | Matthew Rice

Open Rights Group submission to Justice Committee on Police Scotland’s interim Vulnerable Person’s Database

Open Rights Group submitted analysis of Police Scotland's interim Vulnerable Person's Database to the Justice Committee at the Scottish Parliament

April 03, 2019 | Matthew Rice

Defamation Reform - Briefing for response to Consultation

This is a short briefing on the proposed reforms to Defamation law in Scotland.

March 04, 2019 | Matthew Rice

Cyber Kiosks - Correspondence to Justice Sub-Committee on Policing

Correspondence from Open Rights Group on the legal basis for the use of forensic kiosks and the scope of the work the Justice Sub-Committee are undertaking

November 20, 2018 | Matthew Rice

Cyber Kiosks - Submission to Justice Sub-Committee on Policing

Open Rights Group submitted evidence to the Justice Sub-Committee on Policing on the proposed rollout of forensic cyber kiosks by Police Scotland. Submitted 13 November 2018.

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