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Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner

Home Office
Closing date
10 Aug 2020

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Full time
7 years+
Barrister, Solicitor
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Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner

Location: Flexible in the UK


FTC/Full time

The Home Secretary is seeking to appoint a single Biometrics and Surveillance Commissioner.

The Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner role aims to promote police compliance with the rules on the collection and retention of DNA, fingerprints and surveillance cameras respectively. The roles were created by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (POFA), which set out the regime for police use of DNA, fingerprints and the regulation of surveillance cameras.

We have decided to appoint a single person to both roles because of the confluence of existing and emerging regulatory issues around police use of automated facial recognition.

The post will cover the duties of the Biometrics Commissioner and the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, while the Government is considering reforms in this area. Candidates will have experience of working successfully at a senior level, ideally within a legal, law enforcement, regulatory or criminology environment or within academia such as the study of criminal justice, ethics, human rights law or criminology. Whatever your background, you will appreciate the importance and opportunity that this role presents.

Excellent communication skills, decisiveness, independence and unquestionable integrity will be essential.

The role is offered for a two-year term.

For further information and to apply, please visit our website.

The closing date for applications is 23:00hrs on Monday 10 August 2020.

We encourage a diverse workforce and welcome applications from all suitably
qualified people. This appointment is regulated by the Commissioner for
Public Appointments.


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