The UK government has appointed Fraser Sampson as the country’s new independent commissioner for biometrics and surveillance cameras, replacing the two part-time posts of commissioner for biometrics and commissioner for surveillance cameras. The statutory responsibilities and duties for the two roles will remain the same.
The recruitment campaign was carried out in compliance with the Code of governance of public appointments.
Fraser Sampson, who took office in March, will promote compliance with the surveillance camera code and rules on police use of DNA and fingerprints.
âI am delighted to have been appointed to cover these two distinct but increasingly overlapping roles. I look forward to working with all partners in what is a rapidly evolving and difficult area of ââbalancing public interest considerations with the rights of individuals. Sampson said.
Honorary professor and researcher at the University of Sheffield Hallam, Sampson is also a lawyer before the superior courts of England and Wales. Between 2016 and 2019 he served as the Managing Director of Police, Fire and Crime in North Yorkshire. Between 2006 and 2019 he was Managing Director and General Counsel of the Police & Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire and Executive Director of the Civil Nuclear Police Authority. He was also a police officer for the West Yorkshire Police and the British Transport Police, between 1982 and 1996.
The roles of Biometrics Commissioner and Surveillance Camera Commissioner were established by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 which introduced the regime governing the retention and use by police of DNA samples, profiles and fingerprints, and to promote the open and appropriate use of surveillance camera systems by competent authorities. authorities in England and Wales.