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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-08360: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 23 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that elections in Scotland are not subject to cyber-crime or outside interference.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 18 April 2017

There is no evidence that elections in Scotland have been subject to outside interference, either by electronic or other means.

The security of elections is a matter for returning officers and electoral registration officers in consultation with Police Scotland. There are regular meetings between Electoral Administrators, the Electoral Commission and Police Scotland where any threats to the integrity of elections are discussed.

Cyber-security advice for political parties and individual candidates at elections is available from a number of sources, including the National Cyber Security Centre, which was established earlier this year to offer expert, trusted and independent guidance on cyber-security to UK industry, government departments, the critical national infrastructure and private SMEs.