Scottish Privacy Forum

The Scottish Privacy Forum (SPF) is a group of independent academics, practitioners and policy-makers who meet periodically to share knowledge about the development of new digital technologies and impact on privacy in relation to public policy and service delivery.

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The SPF is delivered in conjunction with UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and considers issues relating to data protection, Freedom of Information, identity management, information sharing and surveillance. It provides a ‘neutral’ meeting place for the exploration of privacy issues and facilitates networking and the exchange of knowledge across service areas and between academia and practice.

The SPF is hosted by CRISP and administered by the University of Stirling. It has approximately 40 members and typically meets twice a year. Members come from a variety of backgrounds, including central government, local authorities, the NHS, academia and private practice.

If you would like further information about the Scottish Privacy Forum, please contact Professor William Webster at CRISP Stirling (

Recent Scottish Privacy Forum meetings

Recent SPF meetings have covered issues like: the new UK Data Protection and Digital Innovation Bill, children and privacy, privacy and the smart city, the governance and provision of body-worn video cameras in policing, AI in government and public services, personal data and privacy campaigning, using data better and privacy impact assessments.

Further details about the Scottish Privacy Forum can be found on the CRISP website.