Cyber kiosks: Commission remains disappointed with Scottish Government response

Statement on Cyber Kiosks

Judith Robertson, Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission, has made the following statement following the Cabinet Secretary for Justice's evidence on cyber kiosks to the Scottish Parliament Justice Sub-Committee on Policing. 

"The Commission remains disappointed with the Scottish Government's response to the concerns that we and others have raised about the lack of legal basis for the use of cyber kiosks by the police. The European Court of Human Rights has established the state's responsibility to provide clear rules when it comes to police powers to search people or compel them to surrender devices for searches. In the Commission's view, the best way for the Scottish Government to do this would be by enacting legislation to create a statutory code of practice. This would provide the clarity required for all concerned."