Scottish Daily Mail
Privacy fears force Nats to alter survey
THE SNP has been forced to change its survey on independence after a watchdog ruled that it flouted data protection laws.
Fears had been raised that the Nationalists could harvest personal data illegally by making it difficult for respondents to opt out of receiving further contact. The Tories lodged a complaint with the ICO, saying the questionnaire could contravene the Data Protection Act. Other critics suggested it could fall foul of electronic marketing rules.
At the survey’s launch this month, the SNP said it aimed to contact two million people to find out their views on Europe, Brexit and independence. A spokesman said: ‘Our website is fully compliant with all data privacy regulations, as ICO has confirmed.’