Police: Biometrics

Home Office written question – answered on 16th July 2015.

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Photo of Lord Scriven Lord Scriven Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 2 March (HL5118), whether the review of the framework within which the police use and retain custody images has been completed; if not, why not; and if so, what advice they have circulated to police forces.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Home Department

The review is not completed and therefore no advice has been circulated to the Forces. It is very important that the issues identified by the review are properly tested with operational decision makers, so as to appropriately balance the protection of personal data and privacy with the public protection benefits and the operational need.

Due to the complexity of the issues raised in the evidence gathering stage and the number of important stakeholders, we now do not expect to complete the review and recommendations before September 2015.

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