Scotland is introducing a compulsory ID scheme at the school gate

Kenneth Roy writes in the Scottish Review:

In the FAQs on the Young Scot website, there is the following exchange:

Is this the start of a national ID scheme for Scotland?

No. It’s completely voluntary.

This is no longer true. At Breadalbane Academy in Aberfeldy, and we believe at other schools in Perth and Kinross, pupils now need to carry a National Entitlement Card in order to gain access to their own education. Parents have been told that the system has been put in place ‘to maximise security in the school building’.

Will Young Scot now amend its website to make it clear that the scheme is not completely voluntary? Scotland seems to be introducing a national ID scheme by stealth – at the school gate.

4 thoughts on “Scotland is introducing a compulsory ID scheme at the school gate

  1. sheila struthers says:

    The Children are being sucked in and at the other end of the age range they are employing a similar scam with the bus pass.

    For more of Kenneth Roy’s excellent articles and other recent coverage which shows how the entitlement card scheme ties in with eCare, Girfec and other initiatives please visit this link where I’m posting all recent coverage:

  2. Geraint says:

    In response to a parent’s request, that particular academy agreed to issue an alternative access card for the student; one not connected to the national entitlement card. If anyone knows of a service other than bus travel for which no alternative to the NEC is offered/accepted, then please let me know at

    Cheers, Geraint

  3. sheila struthers says:

    Sincere apologies if this has been posted here and I’ve missed it, but this was the second part of a two piece investigation “Our Police State”.

    The first part was titled “The lives destroyed by
    Scotland’s secret files” and can be found here:

    “On Christmas Eve, probably the best day of the year for burying news, the Scottish government released its long-awaited ‘privacy principles’. The verdict in the Sheridan trial swamped everything else – and then the world closed down for a fortnight. Well, it will not surprise you to learn that the privacy principles received no attention.
    But the world has re-opened and it is time to impart the good news.
    An ‘expert group’ – whose members included one Jerry Fishenden of Microsoft UK as well as ‘prominent lawyers and academics’ – has recommended that ‘large, centralised databases of people’s personal information’ should be avoided and that, instead, data should be kept in ‘purpose-specific stores’ only to be drawn together ‘if there is a business need to do so’. What a business need is, or a purpose-specific store for that matter, I am unqualified to say.
    And yet – having looked at the good news, the language employed, the assurances given such as they are – SR has come to the reluctant conclusion that the news isn’t good after all.
    It all depends what you – or rather they – mean by a large centralised database. Readers who have been following our series of articles on Scotland’s surveillance culture will be aware that a series of linked databases is as intrusive, as damaging to civil liberties, as any centralised one.
    Today we will show how part of this federation of databases operates and how it is destroying lives.”

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