Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Capturing the ID

The latest ID cards document leaked to and annotated by No2ID can be downloaded here [PDF]. Guido notes several points of interest.
  1. [Page 4, bullet point 3] Despite current assertions they are sticking with fingerprints, the strategy clearly includes options to gather personal information and issue ID cards WITHOUT fingerprints, e.g. "rising 16 year olds could be sent pre-populated forms for the Inclusion card... which would only need to be signed and returned".

  2. [Page 4, bullet point 5] Indication that up to 10% of the population will be called in for 'interrogation' (ID interviews).

  3. [Page 3, bullet point 1] Language suggests it will effectively be compulsory to carry the card—counter to Ministerial assertion.

  4. [Page 5,'Next Steps', bullet point 1] Initial target groups ("trusted relationships") to be identified and confirmed by end of January 2008, i.e. within the next 48 hours!

  5. [Page 4, bullet point 6] They are explicitly pursuing a policy of "coercion" not compulsion because universal compulsion "cannot be delivered quickly due to the need for inevitably controversial and time consuming primary legislation and would pose serious political, enforcement and resource challenges."

This is utterly unacceptable and I fully expect would like to see a member of Her Britannic Majesty's Opposition to grow a spine and start waving this in the government's face, shouting, "what the fuck are you playing at, you lying sacks of shit?"

I'm not holding my breath though.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

That 'crack' you hear is the sound of the social contract breaking into small pieces.

And the accompanying muted 'thud' is the tone of 'democratic legitimacy' being cast away without regret by this government.

Welcome to the police state.

anthonynorth said...

If they are ever issued, I hope people remember that scene from Ghandi, when all the documents were burnt.
But I won't hold my breath. We talk a lot about spineless politicians, but they can only exist when a large percentage of the electorate is spineless, too.

JonnyB said...

Tsk. That pesky primary legislation, eh?

US said...

My money is on a pan-European ID system in the not too distant future which will make all of this look quite tame...

Matt Jones said...

Don't say that! We'll hear it on the news next week!

John Trenchard said...

holy crap... they really are going to do it arent they?

Curly said...

Of course they are John Trenchard, the more important question is;

Are we going to do it?

mmmmmmmm said...

Psychotic detachment from reality morelike.

I really can't see it happening at all. Can't lock everyone up, now, can they?

Budgie said...

Rather than cast people into prison and risk creating martyrs, the government plans on making life difficult for non card carriers (won't be able to open a bank account) and fine those that refuse.

Will people carry on refusing when they see the bailiffs take their homes to pay fines? We will have to think of something else.

vicola said...

Oh brilliant, a government who has less grasp of information security than my baby cousin and who is less capable of implementing a new IT system than my dog is wanting to take all my vital info, slap it in one place and give me a stupid card. Great. I'd rather bare my arse onstage at the Albert Hall than carry one of these ridiculous and pointless cards and if they think I'm turning up to some crappy interview in order to be allowed to pay 90 quid or whatever for the crappy card they can bow down and kiss my rear end. Not going to happen.

Roger Thornhill said...

They will not go for an all out strike. They will introduce it in stages to people who are powerless or unpopular. They will plant their fenceposts and then when all is in place they will slot in the panels and we are imprisoned.