Independent advisory group on emerging technologies in policing


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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. 

The group published their final report in February 2023. Read the Scottish Government response to this report (February 2023).


  • Dr Elizabeth Aston, Edinburgh Napier University (Chair)
  • Andrew Hendry, Chief Digital Information Officer for Police Scotland 
  • Barry Sillers, Scottish Police Authority 
  • Bill Stevenson, Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • 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
  • Craig Naylor, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland
  • Stephen Ferguson, The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service 
  • Ken Dalling, President of the Law Society of Scotland

Workstreams established to progress IAG’s work

Read more about additional individuals/organisations which have been invited to contribute to the work of the group.

The IAG and specific workstreams could ask possible additional organisations and individuals to contribute to the group's work via written/oral evidence as is their remit.






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