The national force is rolling out “cyberkiosks” that can bypass security passwords to hunt for incriminating evidenceALAMY

Devices that can extract private data from mobile phones are being issued to police officers in Scotland despite widespread questions about their legality.

The national force is rolling out “cyberkiosks” that can bypass security passwords to hunt for incriminating evidence despite outstanding legal, political and human rights concerns.

Holyrood’s justice sub-committee on policing has demanded answers after revelations that training is due to begin this month despite the Crown Office providing no guidance and a continuing investigation by the UK information commissioner into similar devices used elsewhere across Britain.

The Scottish Human Rights Commission said that the devices raised “significant human rights concerns” and demanded a halt to the rollout until parliament has considered their legality and issued a code of conduct for their use.