Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire is urging local residents to loudly oppose the SNP’s plans to expand access to their super ID database.
The public consultation on the controversial plans will end on Wednesday this week (25th February). The Scottish Government’s proposals will expand access to their NHS Central Register to 120 public bodies, assigning each individual with a unique citizen reference number to accompany their data stored on one central database.
One of the leading Liberal Democrat critics of the Labour government’s proposals for ID cards, Lord Philips of Sudbury, today warned that the plans are “ID cards by the back door.” Baroness Shirley Williams this weekend added to growing concern over the plans, cautioning; “we must be careful not to sleepwalk into authoritarianism.”
Commenting Jo said:
“The SNP’s plans for a super-ID database would be intrusive, expensive and increase state powers. Liberal Democrats fought hard for plans like this to be scrapped in the UK.
“The SNP is planning to take information on people using the health service and allowing access to 120 other organisations. It sounds an awful lot like a national identity register by the back door with no assurances of any safeguards for our information.
“I urge as many local residents as possible to take the time to respond to the consultation. Full details can be found at http://bit.ly/1MMVw8a .”
Speaking ahead of the consultation closing later this week, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie MSP said:
“People must shout loudly in their opposition to the SNP’s super ID database plans. The SNP Government’s ill-conceived proposals to expand access the NHS Central Register would pose a significant intrusion on our rights to privacy. The establishment of one massive central database comes with its own risks to the security of our privacy.
“The Scottish Government’s consultation close this week. This will be the only opportunity for people to make their voice heard and I would urge them to do so.”
1. On page 1 of Monday’s Times, Lord Philips of Sudbury said:
“I remain deeply, resolutely and wholly opposed to an ID card scheme and that is what I fear Scotland may be approaching with this plans to set up a national register to collect and hold information about every citizen. This is a quasi-ID card scheme: ID cards by the back door. They want to use the NHS system as the kernel of their identity system.”
2. Speaking at the weekend, Baroness Shirley Williams said:
“We must be careful not to sleepwalk into authoritarianism and ensure that the public understands the ramifications, including the cost. People will question why the SNP is proceeding with such an intrusive system, which was widely rejected for that reason in the UK.
“If we learnt anything from the debate over ID cards, it was that our society still places great value on civil liberties.”
3. The Scottish Government’s proposals and consultation: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0046/00464862.pdf