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S5W-01355: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 12 July 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what (a) parliamentary scrutiny and (b) legislative approval there was for Police Scotland's automatic number plate recognition system.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 10 August 2016

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a) Automatic Number Plate Recognition has been the subject of a number of parliamentary questions, including: S2W-29947 and S2W-29948 answered on 17 November 2006 and S3W-28482 answered on 29 October 2009, as well as the more recent questions from Alison McInnes of which the member is already aware; b) Information from Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology must be used and retained in compliance with relevant legislation including the Data Protection Act 1998, the Human Rights Act 1998, the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995, and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act 2000.