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S5W-17484: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 25 June 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-16438 by Michael Matheson on 17 May 2018, whether the meetings between officials and the Head of Police Scotland’s Cybercrime Unit, Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority were minuted; whether any minutes will be published and, in the event that no minutes were taken, for what reason they were not.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 23 July 2018

Officials visited one of Police Scotland’s Cyber Hubs in November 2017. Two visits took place to ensure all relevant parties were able to attend. Police Scotland provided tours of their facilities and an overview of their cyber capabilities. The Head of the Cybercrime Unit was present for parts of the visits. These visits were with the aim of fact-finding for officials and were not formal meetings, so no formal minute was taken. A brief note of the visits was prepared for internal circulation, detailing attendees and topics under discussion.

Separate discussions took place by telephone in April and May of 2018. No formal record of these conversations was made, as telephone conversations are not routinely minuted unless actions or decisions arise from them.