Yes, I know the Scottish Government claims it is not setting up a national identity database, but the practical effect of what it is proposing to do based on the National Health Service Central Register is creating a national identity database. If you opposed the National ID card proposals when they first came around (as the SNP and many others did), then you will not be enamoured by the current proposals – from the SNP government, ironically! – to create a national identity database.
You can do something about this, but I have only just managed to address this myself, and so it is late in the day – the consultation process ends tomorrow:
25. February 2015.
So you need to act fast, but if you have half an hour, it can be done!
If you want more background information:
- read Patrick Harvie’s very short article about the proposals;
- if you have time, read the Open Rights Group’s take on why this is “A national ID system by the backdoor” (if you have plenty of time, you might also find these two pieces helpful: 1, 2).
Go to the consultation page:
Do not worry: the consultation document is short, and the form has only four questions after you have filled in your name and contact details etc.
You then have to email your filled in document to the Scottish Government:
You have to do that by the end of the day tomorrow!
I wrote my response in haste this evening, and make no claim for perfection by any stretch of the imagination, but if you would like to see what I have written, I have my responses available here in PDF form.
Resist the SNP’s attempts to create a national identity database!