Fail to see what the fuss is
Firstly cards on the table, i work in have previously worked in a cybercrime department in Scotland both pre and.post Police Scotland creation. I no longer work in the department, seeing more naked children in a year than a pediatrician sees in a career causes you to escape while you still have your sanity.
I fail to see what the fuss is. Simply nothing that these kiosks do is new. They do not give the police more rights nor more access to data than they already have currently nor more than at anytime in my time there (I started there in 2009).
Police sieze a phone as per the law, or take witnesses'/complainer's phone with their permission. Reporting officer tells examiners what they are looking for (images, sms, other messaging,internet data, calls etc) phone is examined and the relevant info extracted and handed to RO.
These new kiosks will allow devices to be triaged see if it has relevant info on it (exactly the same access to the phones that Police forces all over UK have) unable to changed, store move etc. the data. If it contains something then it is sent for examination.
As witnesses'/complainers' devices could be months before examined before being found irrelevant this should hopefully stop innocent people.wanting to help or victims of crime being inconvenienced.
In my experience, if your not driving on the phone, downloading images you shouldn't, stalking, abusive messages/calls, selling drugs, sending unsolicited dick picks, or grooming etc underage kids the police have no interest in your phone. Our department used to refuse loads of requests as not relevant, over reaching or best evidence can be got from elsewhere. It will still be the same here, it may be triaged, bur cynercrime may still refuse the full examination.
There has been a lot of hysteria, hand-wringing and so on about this. My only concern is those that will be triaging may not have enough experience/knowledge to accurately translate what they receive from the initial exam.