Use of biometric data: report of the independent advisory group

This report provides recommendations on a policy and legislative framework for police use of biometric data and associated technologies.

Appendix 2: List of meetings

The Independent Advisory Group met on the following dates:

28 June 2017

18 July 2017

11 September 2017 – attended also by the UK Biometrics Commissioner, Professor Paul Wiles; the Forensic Science Regulator, Dr Gill Tully; Dr Carole McCartney of Northumbria University Law School and her PhD student, Aaron Amankwaa.

26 October 2017

6 November 2017

27 November 2017

5 December 2017

9 January 2018

The Advisory Group’s Children and Young People’s Sub-group met on the following dates:

8 September 2017

16 November 2017 – attended also by Calum Dundas, Forensic Data Manager at National Systems Support, Police Scotland; Detective Chief Superintendent Lesley Boal QPM, Head of Public Protection, Police Scotland; Inspector Angela MacLeod, Children and Young People Business Area, Safer Communities, Specialist Crime Division, Police Scotland; Gordon Bell, Scottish Children's Reporter Administration; Juliet Harris, Together – Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights; Peter Rigg and Kit McCarthy, Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament.

The following other meetings were held:

21 July 2017 – telephone call with Dr Alice Maynard, CBE; from 2006 to 2012, Alice was a Commissioner for the Human Genetics Commission.

16 August 2017 – telephone call with Professor Paul Wiles, UK Biometrics Commissioner.

24 August 2017 – meeting at Edinburgh University with Professor Robin Williams, Director of the Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation; Professor Charles Raab, Co-Chair of the Independent Digital Ethics Panel for Policing ( IDEPP), member of the Data Ethics Group of the Alan Turing Institute as well as the Europol Data Protection Experts Network ( EDEN), member of the Governance and Ethics Action Group in the University of Edinburgh's Internet of Things (IoT) Programme; Professor Burkhard Schafer, Professor of Computational Legal Theory; Professor Bob Fisher, School of Informatics at University of Edinburgh since 1984 and a full Professor since 2003, received his PhD from University of Edinburgh (1987), investigating computer vision in the former Department of Artificial Intelligence, worked as a software engineer for five years before returning to study for his PhD.

29 August 2017 – telephone call with Dr Carole McCartney of Northumbria University Law School.

30 August 2017 – telephone call with Tom Vincent, Secretariat of the Biometrics and Forensics Ethics Group.

6 September 2017 – telephone call with Doctor John Innes, Leonardo; Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh; responsible for developing SELEX ES business – now incorporated into Leonardo - Finmeccanica since April 2016 - in the medium to long term in New Market spaces such as Critical Infrastructure Protection, Smart Cities and Mobility, Emergency Services and Healthcare; developing products, systems and services, establishing partnership and developing new business models; member of the Scottish Government’s Industry Leadership Group ( ILG) for the Aerospace, Defence and Marine sectors.

15 September 2017 – telephone call with Els Kindt (Post-doc legal researcher with the Centre for IT and IP Law ( CITIP) of KU Leuven – iMec and leading the research line Privacy and Data Protection at CITIP; Associate Professor at Universiteit Leiden, eLaw, in the Netherlands; author of ‘Privacy and Data Protection Issues of Biometric Applications: A Comparative Legal Analysis’.

18 September 2017 – meeting with Professor Mike Nellis, Emeritus Professor of Criminal and Community Justice in the Law School, University of Strathclyde; involved between 2005-14 in the organisation of the CEP Electronic Monitoring ( EM) conferences; between 2011 and 2013 acted as an expert adviser to a Council of Europe committee which drew up an ethical recommendation on EM; served on the Scottish Government's EM Working Party 2014-16; teaches Master’s degree course on ‘surveillance, technology and crime control’ at Strathclyde.

21 September 2017 – meeting with Mike Callaghan, lead on policing issues for COSLA’s Community Wellbeing Team.

26 September 2017 – telephone call into plenary meeting of Biometrics and Forensics Ethics Group.

29 September 2017 – meeting with Calum Dundas and Raymond McIntyre, both National Systems Support, Police Scotland.

2 October 2017 – meeting with Jim Wilson, Project Manager, and David Dickson, both Scottish Government Justice Directorate, Criminal Justice Delivery Unit.

10 October 2017 – meeting with Tim Ellis, Chief Executive of National Records of Scotland ( NRS), Registrar General for Scotland and Keeper of the Records of Scotland, also Scottish Informatics and Linkage Collaboration ( SILC); Amy Wilson, Head of Census Statistics; Gerry Donnelly, Head of Data Resources; and other NRS colleagues.

31 October 2017 – meeting with Rob Wainwright, Executive Director, and Brian Donald, Chief of Staff, both Europol.

1 November 2017 – meeting with Nicola Marchant, Board Member and Tom Nelson ( IAG member), both Scottish Police Authority.

9 November 2017 – meeting with Kalim Uddin, Operations Manager, Glasgow Operations Centre, Community Safety Glasgow, including demonstration of operation of CCTV in Glasgow.

16 November 2017 – telephone call with Carrie Golding, Home Office Biometrics Programme, and Alex MacDonald, Deputy Director, Biometric Quality, Home Office.

21 November 2017 – meeting with Chief Inspector Gordon Bruce (Lead) and Sergeant Iain Gibson, Criminal Justice Act Implementation Team, National Custody System ( NCS) Development, Delivery and Training – meeting at Jackton, including demonstration of NCS.

24 November 2017 – telephone call with Els Kindt (see 15 September 2017).

23 January 2018 – telephone call with Dr Joanne Wallace, Head of Science and Regulatory Secretariats, Science Secretariat and Support Unit, Home Office (including responsibility for BFEG Secretariat).


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