Police Scotland to use cyber crime kiosks

Service plans to distribute 41 kiosks around the country to interrogate devices for evidence of cyber crime

Police Scotland is to begin using a collection of ‘cyber kiosks’ as part of its efforts to fight cyber crime.

It is planning to use 41 of the kiosks supplied under a contract, valued at £370,000, between the Scottish Police Authority and Insight Direct, acting as reseller of the kiosks from manufacturer Cellebrite.

Magnifying glass over 'cyber fraud' on screenThe kiosks, which come with the software installed, will be used to examine devices and relevant data to establish whether they could have been used in any cyber crime.

Detective Chief Inspector Brian Stuart of Police Scotland said the move is part of its investment in improving operational capability in line with its programme of work up to 2026. This includes a plan to improve its digital forensics capability.

"The kiosks will be placed across the country to allow trained officers to examine devices, including mobile phones, seized under the execution of a warrant or other statutory powers,” he said.

“Officers will now have the ability to interrogate the device and view data from within set parameters, such as a specific timeframe.

"This allows an early decision to be made about the relevance of any device seized and delivers a more efficient process for frontline officers, the public and the criminal justice system.

"Only relevant information will be extracted and there will be no data retained on the kiosk."

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