Wednesday, January 18, 2006

ID cards debate

As some of you may be aware, the UK government has been pushing through ID cards Bill this week, which was recently blocked by the House of Lords. The main concern has been the cost, which keeps fluctuating every time I read a press release.
However, leaving aside the costs, the biometric passports is currently being rolled out this year with the possibility of fingerprints from 2008 (date not yet decided). Why waste the money on ID Cards that duplicates what the passport does, lacks robustness (or potential if we look at the LSE report), flawed (in terms of the cost) and is far too complex? I have my reservations (of course, data protection issues comes into this), but for more information, see the following websites:

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