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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-15251: Annie Wells (Glasgow)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 13 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to the question S5W-09974 by Mark McDonald on 19 July 2017, what action it will take in response to reports in the Evening Times on 13 March 2018 that a teenage gang in Glasgow has been using the Snapchat app feature, Snapmap, to track and intimidate people.

Answered by: Maree Todd 27 March 2018

Instances where technology is abused to target innocent victims is a criminal matter and must be treated as such. Police Scotland must be allowed to make the necessary enquiries and the Scottish Government cannot comment on an on-going investigation.

The Scottish Government published a National Action Plan on Internet Safety for Children and Young People in 2017 setting out a number of actions to improve internet safety. Its priorities include equipping children and young people to build their own personal resilience to stay safe online, supporting professionals and parents and carers and continuing to work with digital and social media providers to ensure children are not exposed to harm.

Internet safety is largely a reserved matter and any decisions on internet regulation is currently a matter for the UK Government, however we are committed to working with digital media providers and industry to ensure parents, carers and families, as well as children and young people, have access to appropriate information and support.

The National Crime Agency updated the Thinkuknow Parents and Carers guide to Snapchat to include information and guidance on the use of SnapMaps.