It’s time to bring back national ID cards June 1, 2017
It’s time to bring back national ID cards
I don’t know about you, but I’ve nothing much to hide. Well, I’m not keen for people to know how much chocolate I can destroy in the course of a working day. But aside from the true extent of my Cadbury’s addiction, there isn’t much to tell.
And it’s because I have nothing to hide that back in 2009 I was one of the first people to sign up for an optional identity (ID) card, when a pilot scheme was rolled out by the then Labour government in my home town of Manchester. After all, this was a safe and convenient way of proving identity without having to cart a passport around. All for 30. What’s to argue over?
Unfortunately, there were many not least the Coalition keen on seducing the civil libertarian vote who disagreed. And when they came to power in 2010, the cards were scrapped and rendered obsolete.
Admittedly, the scheme was flawed since the cards were optional.
There will, of course, be those who think ID cards are at best an assertion of “Jonny foreigner” xenophobia. Or, at worst, something more sinister.
And believe me, as the granddaughter of Jewish immigrants who sought refuge in Britain to escape persecution, I’m aware of such heinous undertones. fake ids But this isn’t Nazi Germany. Nor are British ID cards without precedent.
Following the outbreak of the Second World War, everyone in this country, including children, had to carry an ID card at all times. Indeed, they weren’t phased out until seven years after the end of the war in 1952.
And we are again at war albeit with an unseen enemy whose poisonous tentacles have the potential to reach into every corner of our world. At the time of writing, according to M15, the current UK threat level for international terrorism is “severe” which means that an attack is likely.
Meanwhile, only last week it was reported that illegal immigrants are using small boats and even light aircraft to breach Britain’s border controls.
Surely it could only help fight plots against national security or fraudulent activity if we all had to carry an ID card designed to hold personal biometric data on an encrypted chip including name, a photograph and fingerprint.
The Government is already nudging towards a plan to consolidate identity. Only this week it was announced that a 20 million fund to teach Muslim women in the UK to speak English is being launched to tackle segregation and help resist the lure of extremism. If people want to live in Britain then let them be identified, with a card to match the “mind your language” lessons.
But what of the enduring fear of surrendering personal information to a national identity register containing dozens of pieces of information, about ourselves?
For even if such a register is only accessible to accredited organisations, there are countless government departments and private sector bodies falling into this category. Surely, such sensitive information could easily get into the wrong hands?
In 2016 such concerns are laughable. fake ids Never mind the sloppy government lackeys who leave important files on the back of a car seat. I probably surrender more information about myself every time I use my supermarket loyalty card.
Concerns over privacy are laughable when 1 in 6 of us put our full names and addresses on Facebook
Social media readily invites us to give account of ourselves (credit reporting service Noddle recently found that one in six Facebook users in the UK display both their full name and address on their profile a gift for cyber criminals).
And what of the cold calls to my mobile or spam email in my inbox? Care to wager which company is doing a lucrative sideline in flogging my shopping habits to double glazing companies?
Identity theft is rife too. Earlier this month, Which? revealed how easy it is for fraudsters to steal your identity by successfully applying for three credit cards using information gathered online. All of this could be addressed with ID cards.
It’s worth noting that such cards can also be of huge, practical use. In Israel, where members of my family live, everyone is obliged to carry an ID card. Issued automatically at birth, it’s used for rapid identification for a whole range of services such as health appointments, utility bills, contact with government bodies And of course as an aid to national security.
Back here, if you’re a parent who hasn’t stumped up for your teenager’s driving lessons, an ID card rather than a license is a great way to establish proof of age.
We live in times of unprecedented turbulence and desperate uncertainty. But, if you’ve nothing to hide, there’s nothing to lose. And, Scannable Fake ID surely, everything to gain.