Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Scotland-wide ID database needs proper scrutiny

"Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has called for "proper scrutiny" of Scottish Government plans for a Scotland-wide ID database. The Government wants to expand an NHS register to cover all residents and share access with more than 100 public bodies, including HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)."

"The proposals have already drawn criticism from privacy and civil rights campaigners, while a submission to the Government's consultation on the proposals by the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) also raised concerns. Currently the plans only require the approval of a Holyrood committee, because they involve amendments to existing regulations, and not new legislation."

Mr Rennie said: "I will make no bones about reaching out to all political parties to support our motion. When it comes to fundamental issues of protecting our civil liberties and building a fairer society, there can be no party line."

"The SNP joined us in 2005 to oppose the creation of ID cards. The Conservatives supported our efforts to repeal the legislation. And Scottish Labour have supported our motion against this proposal."

"If SNP ministers took their eye off the ball whilst the civil service created these proposals, now is the time to speak out against them. On these significant proposals, it is of real concern that we are still in the dark about the real implications of creating a single national database."

There are a couple of interesting comments:
(1) Only people to object to this are people that have something to hide.
(2) Norway had this even before the digital age, and it works (for a 5 million population), and has advantages for both authorities & residents...A number, is allocated to everyone born in Norway & any foreigner who wants to stay more than 6 months. 

I wonder if they are aware of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 and the Named Person proposal.

It begins pre-birth and involves the Named Person going round the wellbeing wheel to ensure that there are no concerns about a child`s wellbeing. It covers every aspect of a child`s life, including their family and personal relationships. The data gathering goes on for 18 years and will mean that there will be a huge amount of personal information in a child`s file, some of it based only on the subjective opinions of the Named Person.
The argument appears to be that, despite the state’s many failures as a ‘parent’ to children in care, yet more representatives of that failing state should be foisted on families, whether or not they are in need of assistance.
As the Mail reveals ... that guidance, intended for use by named persons and other childcare professionals, excludes all mention of the word ‘fathers’. Mothers are mentioned – in the context of explaining how named persons will be assigned to the child while he or she is in the mother’s womb.
Children will be subject to Orwellian official audits of their happiness and well-being, and if deficiencies are found, ‘child plans’ will be drawn up – state-endorsed blueprints for their ongoing development, overseen by the named person.
The named person can demand sensitive personal information, for example, from the NHS, if they believe the circumstances demand it. If anyone still had faith in the process, surely this is where for most parents it comes close to breaking point.

Tie all of that to a Scotland-wide ID database and children will grow up never knowing what it is to have a private family life. 

It is naive to say `but that is OK if you have nothing to hide.`
Who wants to live a state regimented life ?

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