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Biometrics Commissioner and Surveillance Camera Commissioner: Public Appointments

Question for Home Office

UIN 41892, tabled on 1 May 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure appointments to the roles of the (a) Surveillance Camera Commissioner and (b) Commissioner for the Retention and Use of Biometric Material are done so (a) fairly, openly and transparently and (b) within the other requirements set out by the Government’s Governance Code on Public Appointments.

Answered on

11 May 2020

The appointment of a Surveillance Camera Commissioner and Commissioner for the Retention and Use of Biometric Material is under consideration and will be made in accordance with the Cabinet Office Governance Code on Public Appointments (Governance Code), and take account of any possible implications for legal proceedings.

We are committed to empowering the police to use technologies like biometrics within a strict legal framework and will update parliament on our plans shortly.

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Home Office