UK gov rethinks ID card database

INQUIRER staff:THE LOSS OF 25 million citizens’ records has forced the UK government to review its plans to introduce the national identity register, the foundation of its ID card scheme.

Data protection minister, yeah really, Michael Wills told parliament that it needed to learn some lessons from the loss of 25 million records. The government will scrutinise “everything” and assess things after it had done its peer.

The Home Secretary, Jacquet Smith, still thinks the register is important. Because you can link the biometric data in one database to biographical information in another, everything would be just hunky dory.

Under the plans, every man, woman and child in this country needs to be fingerprinted and photographed. Refuseniks face legal sanctions.