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Rennie: Super ID Database close shave after NHS cyber attack

May 15, 2017 12:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today warned that SNP minister must fully abandon any future plans for a mass centralised ID database after the NHS cyber attack.

Commenting Mr Rennie said:

"The attack on the NHS was completely unprecedented. Scottish ministers need to move fast to assure patients about their data.

"SNP ministers also need to reflect how much worse this could have been if they had got their way and centralised everyone's in Scotland's data in a super ID database as they had proposed.

"If they had pushed on with their mass digitisation then the consequences for all other public services from a hack attack would have been much worse.

"It was a close shave. The SNP only cancelled their database plan after two years of campaigning by Liberal Democrats.

"The SNP need to fully abandon any future plans for a risky single database."