The Scottish Government's consultation has closed. Watch this space for the next steps in this campaign.
The new database would put Scottish citizens into a system like the scrapped and unpopular UK ID cards scheme — by the backdoor.
‘One Database to Rule Them All’
Most Scottish residents already have a unique identity number and home address in the NHS' system. This plan is to share your unique identifier and home address with up to 120 other Scottish public bodies.
You could then be tracked across all your interactions with public bodies. Organisations like Glasgow Airport, the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd would get to access our data - even though most people wouldn't expect that they would have any need for it. This would fundamentally change the relationship between citizens and the state and jeapordises our privacy.
An ID database in Scotland without democratic debate.
The Scottish Government has slowly been building up this scheme for the last 9 years. But in that time there's never been any serious democratic debate. And now they're running a minor consultation on the biggest step of the scheme so far. The consultation doesn't engage with the privacy issues and just asks for responses on whether their plans go far enough.
Tell the Scottish Government that their plans put our privacy at risk and that they should put a stop to this now.
A minor consultation with no widespread debate is not the way to make a major change to Scottish citizens’ privacy and their relationship with the state. Creating a national ID register was rejected by the Scottish National Party at the UK level. The bare minimum should be for the Scottish Government to introduce primary legislation so the public and MSPs can debate the nature of these changes and whether they are acceptable.
You can read ORG's detailed draft response to the consultation here.