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Forensic Science Regulator and Biometrics Strategy 2019-20

Published Thursday, February 6, 2020

The Forensic Science Regulator and Biometrics Strategy 2019-20 was introduced by Darren Jones MP following the Private Members' Bills Ballot on 9 January 2020. First reading took place on 5 February 2020 and the Bill's second reading is due on 24 April 2020.

Bill summary

A Bill to make provision for the appointment of the Forensic Science Regulator; to make provision about the Regulator and about the regulation of forensic science; to require the Secretary of State to publish an annual strategy on biometric technologies; to enable the Secretary of State to limit the use of such technologies when that is recommended in the strategy; and for connected purposes.

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Further reading

Progress of Bill

Private Members' Bill ballot : 9 January 2020

Police use of live facial recognition technology: Challenges and concerns, House of Commons Library Insight, 10 July 2019

Forensic science and the criminal justice system: a blueprint for change, House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee, 1 May 2019

Facial recognition and the biometrics strategy, House of Commons Library Debate Pack, 30 April 2019

Implementation Plan for the joint review of forensics provision (2018), Home Office/ACPO/NPCC, April 2019

Forensic Science Regulator annual report 2018, March 2019

Biometrics strategy and forensic services, House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, 2018


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Commons Briefing papers CBP-8815

Authors: Jennifer Brown; Joanna Dawson; Georgina Hutton

Topics: Crime, Data protection

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