The Scottish Government wants to introduce additional safeguards to ensure the safe and proportionate use of fingerprints, DNA and facial recognition technology.A public consultation is now underway in response to recommendations made by an Independent Advisory Group on biometrics earlier this year, reports The Scotsman.It asks for views on the creation of a code of practice on the use, storage and disposal of biometric data to be overseen by a new Scottish Biometrics Commissioner. HPE Storage Solutions Discover Storage Solutions for Any Scale, Performance or Investment. Learn More! Promoted by HPE UKThe arrangements will cover data held by the likes of Police Scotland, the Scottish Police Authority and other bodies involved in law enforcement activity in Scotland.Cabinet secretary Humza Yousaf said: “Biometric data is critical to police investigations, including the prevention of crime. At the same time, it is important that the public have confidence in how this information is held, used and disposed of, which is why we want their views on these proposals.”The creation of a code of practice, and a new commissioner to oversee that, will allow us to take full advantage of current and new technologies, and future developments in biometrics. By asking the public their views we are recognising not only the significance of biometrics to policing but also the important ethical and human rights considerations associated with such information.”The Scottish Human Rights Commission said it was a “timely moment” in Scots law as it allowed the development of a more ethical system. Judith Robertson, chair of the commission, said: “Biometric data has important implications for privacy and other human rights, such as the right to be presumed innocent. “This is a timely moment as it allows Scottish law and policy in this area to develop in a human rights-based, ethical manner which gives appropriate weight to considerations of public protection on the one hand, and privacy and other relevant human rights on the other.”