UK backtracking on ID cards?

November 5, 2007 at 10:13 pm Leave a comment

The Sunday Mirror claims that the UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, will abandon plans to introduce a universal national identity card. This was immediately picked up and gleefully reported by ID card opponents such as The Register.

The Sunday Mirror says, “…their introduction next year for foreign nationals will go ahead as planned. But the proposed roll-out to force all Britons to carry them will be shelved indefinitely.”

However, as The Register points out, “The Identity & Passports Service (IPS) has moved the focus of the old Passport Service from the document to the individual, and will continue down that road, meaning that it will eventually build up a form of identity register covering the bulk of UK citizens under its own steam. And via the General Registry Office land-grab it picks up the rest of them (except for the Scots).”

“This leaves you with a population-wide database of personal information, and all of the questions about security, privacy and access that have [always] existed…”

Therefore, whether or not UK goes ahead with a universal national identity card or not, the privacy genie is out of the bottle. And no amount of spin can wish that away.


Entry filed under: government, identity, ID_cards, personal_info, privacy, security, UK.

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