Biometrics in Scotland: How did we get here and what does the future hold?

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iCafe (Merchant City)

70 Ingram Street · Glasgow

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This meet-up will discuss the role biometrics play in Scotland in justice, community safety, and potentially where it will lead.

The Scottish Government's Programme for Government included an announcement on a Biometric Data Bill that "will deliver enhanced oversight of biometric data and techniques used for the purposes of justice and community safety."

James Fraser is Research Professor in Forensic Science at the University of Strathclyde and a member of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission. He has 40 years experience as an expert witness, case reviewer, senior police manager, independent consultant, policy adviser and researcher. James has advised public agencies on forensic, scientific and investigative matters, including police organisations in the UK and abroad, the Home Office, the Scottish Parliament and the UK Parliament.

James has published extensively including The Handbook of Forensic Science (with Robin Williams) and Forensic Science – a very short introduction. He is currently working on Murder under the Microscope (Atlantic Books).

James will be answering the questions:

What role do biometrics play in justice and community safety? How do you see that changing?
What should the public understand about biometrics that you wish they knew?

Laura Martin, PhD student at Univesity of Strathclyde will report on surveillance in the workplace via biometrics, reflecting whether the Scottish Government's proposals go far enough for safeguarding individual's rights. Laura will be tackling the questions:

Where will biometrics go in the future?
Are the Scottish Government proposals fit for future challenges?

The two presentations will be followed by a discussion with the audience chaired by Scotland Director Matthew Rice.

All are welcome!

You don't need to be an expert in computer science (or forensic science!) to contribute to this event. You just need to care about the effect technology has on your rights.