Independent advisory group on emerging technologies in policing


On 13 June 2019 the Cabinet Secretary for Justice appeared before the Scottish Parliament’s Sub-Committee on Policing in relation to their report into Police Scotland’s use of digital triage devices. During this appearance, the Cabinet Secretary  announced his intention to form an independent advisory group (IAG) to scope the possible legal and ethical issues arising from emerging technological developments. 

The purpose of the IAG is to ensure Police Scotland’s use of emerging technologies in relation to operational policing is compatible with equality and human rights legislation and best practice. 


  • Dr Elizabeth Aston, Edinburgh Napier University (Chair)
  • Heather Burns, Open Rights Group 
  • Andrew Hendry, Chief Digital Information Officer for Police Scotland 
  • Barry Sillers, Scottish Police Authority 
  • Irene Henry, Equality and Human Rights Commissioner
  • Jenny Brotchie, Information Commissioner's Office
  • Georgie Henley, techUK
  • Professor Burkhard Schafer, Edinburgh University
  • Dr Angela Daly, Strathclyde University
  • Professor Bill Buchanan, Napier University
  • Elaine Galbraith, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland
  • Shelagh McCall QC, Justice Scotland
  • Kyrsten Buist, The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service 
  • Mike Callaghan, COSLA
  • Diego Quiroz, Scottish Human Rights Commissioner 
  • Children and Young People’s Commissioner representative to be confirmed 
  • Ethnic minorities organisation representative to be confirmed          

Possible additional organisations and individuals that could contribute to the group's work via written/oral evidence:

Statutory/public bodies 

  • Independent legal counsel e.g. through Law Society Scotland /others as appropriate
  • Scottish Government Legal Directorate
  • Other police forces including British Transport Police and internationally
  • Other public bodies e.g. Children and Young People’s Commissioner, Scottish Community Safety Network    

Diversity groups

  • Ethnicity, gender, LGBTQI, trans, disability, autism, deaf community /other groups with access needs
  • Glasgow Disability Alliance
  • CRER (Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights)
  • BEMIS (Black and Ethnic Minority Infrastructure in Scotland)  
  • CEMVO Scotland 
  • NISAG (National Independent Strategic Advisory Group to Police Scotland)
  • Victims groups e.g. Victim Support Scotland, Rape Crisis, Women’s Aid

Civil society/advocacy groups 

  • Amnesty International
  • Privacy International
  • Liberty

Scottish and international academics across disciplines 

  • Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, Professor Niamh Nic Daeid and colleagues
  • Dr Lachlan Urquart, Professor Charles Raab, Professor Robin Williams, Professor Bob Fisher, Dr Richard Jones, Professor Susan McVie, University of Edinburgh
  • Basil Manoussos, Manager at The Cyber Academy and colleagues, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Professor Wendy Moncur, Dr Megan O’Neill, Dundee University 
  • Giles Herdale (Royal United Services Institute)
  • Marion Oswald (Chair of Ethics Committee at West Midlands Police) 
  • Dr Carole McCartney and Dr Matthias Wienroth, Northumbria University
  • Eric Kind (AWO)
  • Dr Ian Fergusson, Professor Stefano di Paoli, Dr Natalie Coull, Dr Lyndsay Shepherd at Abertay University 
  • Professor William Wester, Professor Peter Hancock, Dr Anna Bobak, Stirling University 
  • Dr Genevieve Lennon, George Weir and colleagues at Strathclyde University 
  • Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research colleagues
  • DataLab 
  • Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation

Tech sector 

  • Vivace –Stephen Roberts
  • Pictco 
  • Cyan Forensics 

Charitable sector

  • Nesta (Innovation Foundation)