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S5W-16563: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 10 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-16013 by Derek Mackay on 9 May 2018, whether it will provide the information that was requested regarding what discussions it has had with the Information Commissioner Scotland regarding the so-called harvesting of personal data, and what information it has regarding the number of people in Scotland who might have been affected.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 24 May 2018

The ICO Scotland Office have confirmed their stated position in response to the recent events involving data analytics and social media, as referenced in our answer on 9 May (S5W-16013). Data Protection is a reserved matter which is regulated by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) across the UK and applies to all UK residents. There is a branch office in Scotland who liaise with organisations based in Scotland, and in relation to any UK residents, rather than exclusively for people who live in Scotland. Any action the UK Information Commissioner's Office are taking in respect of any misuse of personal data would encompass all UK residents, including people who live in Scotland.

The ICO have been very active with and transparent about their actions to investigate the recent events involving data analytics and social media.

The right to privacy is a right which the Scottish Government takes very seriously. We will continue to promote good practice to all public bodies when handling personal information.