Police: Biometrics

Home Office written question – answered on 2nd November 2015.

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Photo of Lord Scriven Lord Scriven Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the review of the framework within which police forces use and retain custody images is yet complete; if so, what advice has been circulated to police forces as a result; and if not, why not.

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

The review has not yet been completed. It is 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 operational and legal issues raised in the evidence gathering stage and the number of important stakeholders, this work is yet to be completed.

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