Consultation on enhanced oversight of biometric data for justice and community safety purposes

Closed 1 Oct 2018

Opened 13 Jul 2018

Results Updated 26 Nov 2018

This analysis report provides a summary of the 89 written responses received to the Consultation on Enhanced Oversight of Biometric Data for Justice and Community Safety Purposes (13 July - 1 October 2018), along with comments made during the four consultation events.

Consultation findings were broadly supportive of the proposals, with 83% of respondents supporting the need for a Code of Practice and 89% being in favour of the establishment of a Scottish Biometrics Commissioner.


Published Responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


This consultation sets out Government proposals on the establishment of a Commissioner to provide independent oversight of biometric data used by the police and others in Scotland and an associated statutory code of practice.

Why We Are Consulting

The biometrics field is evolving rapidly and offers great potential in the identification and prevention of crime and the delivery of community safety.

However, the use of biometric data and technologies raises a range of ethical and human rights considerations. This public consultation therefore explores the potential to deliver independent and ethical oversight of the collection and use of such data in a policing and community safety context.

Full analysis of consultation responses will be undertaken and published following its close. Results will further inform proposals and we will seek to bring forward legislation in the current Parliamentary session.

Download the consultation paper.


  • People of Scotland


  • Constitution and Democracy
  • Digital
  • Equality, Welfare and Rights
  • Public Sector
  • Law and Order
  • Public Safety and Emergencies