THE SNP are pushing ahead with plans to open up NHS files to other public services despite widespread criticism.
PLANS for an ID database have been undermined after the Government’s own advisers said personal information would be at “high risk” from hackers.
SNP ministers are pushing ahead with plans to open up the NHS database to other public services despite widespread criticism.
The Lib Dems, who claim the move could lead to ID cards, have revealed a Government report into the Myaccount system used by councils warns of the possibility of “compromised records through intrusion”.
Ministers could expand access to the NHS register, which stores Myaccount data, to 120 public bodies, including HM Revenue and Customs. The Government say sharing the information would help HMRC identify who should pay new income tax rates in Scotland.
But critics fear it is a stepping stone to ID cards and say it is an assault on civil liberties.
They include Lib Dem peer Shirley Williams, who campaigned against the previous Labour government’s introduction of ID cards.
Williams said: “We must be careful not to sleepwalk into authoritarianism and ensure that the public understand the ramifications, including the cost.
“People will question why the SNP are proceeding with such an intrusive system, which was widely rejected for that reason in the UK.”
A privacy impact study of Myaccount carried out for the Government last year says data could be hacked.
It warns of the possibility of “compromise of core national data”. And it says there’s a high risk of “data leakage”.
Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie said: “People will be worried to see such high risks with the current identity register.
“What happens when access is expanded to 120 public bodies?”
The Government said: “The Deputy First Minister this week again confirmed our intention to undertake a full privacy impact assessment.”
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