Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has called on the SNP Government to scrap its illiberal super ID database as more and more people backed Lib Dem opposition to the plans.
In published responses to the Scottish Government’s consultation, private individuals, charities and trade bodies raised concerns about the implications of the SNP’s plans to expand access to the NHS Central Register to 120 public bodies including Scottish Canals and Edinburgh’s Botanic Gardens.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists, NSPCC Scotland, civil liberties campaigners and members of the public set out a wide range of concerns over the impact the proposals could have on the protection of data.
Commenting, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:
“The people of Scotland have spoken and they have rejected the SNP’s illiberal super ID database plans.
"Private individuals, health organisations and reputable trade bodies have set out with great clarity the many reasons why these proposals would put at risk our civil liberties. For example, the NSPCC has stated that Scottish Government’s claims it would help identify missing persons are already addressed by existing measures. Time and time again these responses criticize the extraordinary lack of detail behind these significant proposals.
"On the scale, purpose and implications of their super ID database plans, it is clear that SNP Ministers must heed the calls of Scottish Liberal Democrats and scrap these plans. We cannot support any proposals which would be an ID card in all but name."