Consent for the Purpose of Digital Device Examination
Police Scotland is committed to ensuring that victims and witnesses of crime are better informed when they consent to their digital devices being taken for the purpose of examination.
An increasing amount of crime now involves, or is being committed using digital devices. Even crimes committed in the physical world can have some form of digital footprint as most people now own and use digital devices, in particular mobile phones and tablets.
With more and more ways to send, store or receive information, digital devices are providing ever increasing methods for victims and witnesses, including some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, to be exposed to criminality.
The ability to capture relevant evidence from digital devices has therefore become an essential part of modern day policing, ensuring we can conduct thorough investigations and maximise evidence to keep people safe.
Whilst consent for taking digital devices for this purpose is already captured by police officers, Police Scotland recognise the need to ensure that victims and witnesses of crime are as informed as possible and fully understand what they are consenting to.
We have therefore enhanced the existing consent process, with the documents on this page providing guidance on how this applies to you including your rights surrounding consent, the examination process and what will happen to your device.
Capturing Consent and Examination
- Digital Device Examination Principles
- Digital Device Consent Guidance – Presentation
- Digital Device Consent Public Information Leaflet
- Digital Device Examination and Consent FAQs
- Digital Device Consent Capture (FP)
- Digital Device – Journey (FP)
- Digital Device Examination Request Form – (FP)