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August 09, 2017 | Matthew Rice  | Comments (0)

There is a light and it shouldn't go out: Freedom of Information in Scotland

Open Rights Group has called on two bodies to review the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. It is vital that both bodies choose to review to explore freedom of information in Scotland from two distinct perspectives: politics, and law.

July 03, 2017 | Ed Johnson-Williams  | Comments (0)

Shape the future of ORG Scotland's local groups

Matthew Rice – our new Scotland Director – is visiting several local groups in Scotland over the next couple of weeks. Come along to meet Matthew and help shape upcoming work in ORG local groups in your area.

June 27, 2017 | Matthew Rice  | Comments (0)

Devolved voice in Scotland vital for securing human rights in the digital age

Decisions taken in Scotland, either by the Scottish Government, through representatives in Westminster, or in Brussels via Scots MEPs are going to be of more significance than ever before. In a political landscape where the direction of travel for powers is towards more devolution it is vital that Scotland is recognised as a society with different considerations, a shared history but possibly a different future to other parts of the UK.

March 17, 2017 | Jim Killock  | Comments (0)

Now we need to dismantle the Scottish ID system

News that the Scottish Government has dropped plans to turn the NHS central register into a national identity database are very welcome. But this isn’t the end of the story: Scotland retains the legacy of an identity system that is extremely similar to the UK’s discredited ID cards project, which was dropped after Labour lost the election in 2010.

June 22, 2015 | Ed Johnson-Williams  | Comments (0)

ORG Scotland is launching!

We are launching ORG Scotland this week with a series of free events across the country.

In celebration we have organised events in Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow

March 04, 2015 | Jim Killock  | Comments (0)

Call your MSP—Identity debate today!

Today there is a debate on the Scottish National Identity Database a little after 2pm.

February 20, 2015 | Jim Killock  | Comments (0)

Deputy First Minister John Swinney asked questions about the Scottish National ID Database

Both Green and Labour MSPs asked questions yesterday to question the plans to convert the NHS Register into a Scottish National Identity Database. The responses though were rather lacking. Patrick Harvie, from the Greens, asked a question yesterday about the plans:

February 16, 2015 | Jim Killock  | Comments (0)

Shallow response from MSPs shows heads in sand over Scottish ID Database

Many ORG supporters have received replies from SNP members of the Scottish Parliament over the ID database. The letter, no doubt drafted by civil servants, is rather shallow and fails to address the key points that the campaign has been raising.

February 16, 2015 | Jim Killock  | Comments (0)

We’re hiring!

Come and work for ORG Scotland!

February 09, 2015 | Jim Killock  | Comments (0)

The National Identity Database comes back—but just for Scotland

A minor, barely noticed consultation is not the way to make a major change to Scottish citizens’ privacy and their relationship with the state. Under a change to the Scottish NHS customer database, the Scottish Government will turn the database into a national register of Scottish citizens and their address, linked to a unique number assigned to each person—much as Labour intended to do with ID Cards.

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