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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16014: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 18 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether the Police Scotland’s Vulnerable Person Database is operating in compliance with data protection law, and, if so, whether it will remain compliant following the forthcoming changes.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 27 April 2018

As noted in the response to Parliamentary Question‎ S5W-13355 answered on 10 January 2018 , this is an operational matter for Police Scotland. All answers to written Parliamentary Questions are available on the Parliament's website, the search facility for which can be found at

However, the Scottish Government understands that a new weeding and retention policy for the Vulnerable Persons Database was agreed in January 2018, to ensure that personal information is not kept longer than necessary in order to comply with data protection legislation.

Following this agreement, ICT development work associated with the technical solution is underway and expected to be fully implemented before the end of this calendar year. Police Scotland is fully cognisant of the forthcoming introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation from 25 May 2018, with which it will be required to comply.