ID cards ‘could become Labour’s poll tax’ May 30, 2017
ID cards ‘could become Labour’s poll tax’
Ministers have refused to reveal the expected set up costs on grounds of “commercial sensitivity”, but have indicated the scheme would cost 584million a year to run.
The scheme is ambitious in scope.
If successful, it would put Britain at the cutting edge of so called “biometric” technology.
Every over 16 in the UK would have to pay a visit to a passport office to have their face, fingerprints and iris scanned by a computer.
The information, along with their name, address and other personal details, would be stored on a massive central database called the National Identity Register.
Concerns over database
Campaigners have highlighted a series of concerns over who would have access to the database, and for what reasons. Best Fake ID websites
Every time card holders re enter Britain from abroad, or use public services like the NHS, officials could compare the details on the card with the database.
Ministers claim it is this cross checking which would make the system almost impossible to forge, unlike other forms of ID.
It would not be compulsory to carry the card, so police could not stop an individual and demand it on the street.
But if Parliament agrees at a later date possibly between 2012 and 2014 it would become compulsory to register and own a card.
The process is due to begin in 2008 when people
who apply for a new or renewed passport will also have to pay extra for an ID card, and go through
the biometric “enrolment” process.
Only yesterday the government’s own data protection watchdog said the ID card scheme could turn Britain into a “surveillance society”.
Information Commissioner Richard Thomas condemned the project as “excessive and disproportionate”, adding that it would allow civil servants to build a detailed picture of how every adult lives their lives. Best Fake IDs
An independent report also put the total price tag at up to 19.2billion, far above government estimates.
Mr Thomas said the plans had to be seen alongside other developments such as the use of CCTV with automatic facial recognition, automatic number plate recognition and proposals for the satellite tracking of vehicles for road use charging.
The Information Commissioner’s paper concluded: “The measures in the Bill go well beyond establishing a secure, reliable and trustworthy ID card.
“The measures in relation to the National Identity Register and data trail of identity checks on individuals risk an unnecessary and disproportionate intrusion into individuals’ privacy.”A new study by academics at the London School of Economics estimated rolling out the hi tech scheme would cost a minimum of 10.6billion without technical problems or overruns and could spiral to 19.2billion.
Professor Ian Angell branded the system a “dog’s dinner” and estimated the cost to every cardholder would be 230 at median estimates, or 170 at the lowest, Best Fake ID websites easily outstripping the Government’s 90 to 110 figure.