No IDea

Last year the Piss Poor Policies Coalition and U-Turn Cam decided that an ID card was a bad idea.
But it seems that son a of a B…..aronet (and alien reptile in disguise) George ‘Slasher’ Osborne is secretly planning to introduce a “new” one.
According to “Slasher” ‘It will aim to reliably identify users of government websites, as part of plans to deliver more public services via the web.’

George Osborne believes the shift online will cut Whitehall administration costs and so help soften the blow of spending cuts over the next few years.

Several private companies that already hold personal data, including credit card providers, will be involved in the system.

He also claimed the new scheme, dubbed “identity assurance”, would also make it more difficult for fraudsters to dupe the benefits and tax systems.

The government has informed privacy campaigners such as the pressure group NO2ID about the plans, in an attempt to avoid the civil liberties outcry that ultimately destroyed ID cards.

But Guy Herbert, NO2ID’s general secretary warned that “the devil will be in the details and especially the legal details” of the new scheme. He said the Cabinet Office had not yet offered details despite its tight schedule.

Now “Identity Assurance” isn’t new, it has been around for a while in the US, where it is called the IAF, and revolves around a “Federated Identity”, run it seems by the Kantara Initiative .

And it seems that the Information Assurance Advisory Council (link apparently not available) has been at it since June 2006, until February 2009.

Do we need yet another form of identification-we already have the photo driving license, the bio-thingy passport and various forms of company/public service Ids, and do we need the “private sector” holding our personal information which will probably eventually be sold on the open market.

This Daft Old Fart doesn’t actually have a photo driving license, or a bio-thingy passport, no company ID (self employed), but unfortunately if I want free bus travel in a few months I will have to acquiesce and take a couple of shots of my ugly mug to the council offices.

Which I object to, not because of the cost or nuisance value but because there will be yet another “department” with my personal information.

8 comments for “No IDea

  1. David
    May 25, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Do you need free bus travel? Would you rather sacrifice your freedom?

    • John
      May 25, 2011 at 7:41 pm

      Well isn’t it more a question of how will anyone know you’re entitled to free travel unless to have an ID. The council should require the minimum information to give him a freedom pass and not keep any records that are not needed. On the otehr hand, Osborne wants to gather as much data as he can and share it between as many departments as possible.

      • May 27, 2011 at 6:07 am

        Spot on!

  2. ivan
    May 25, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    ‘George ‘Slasher’ Osborne’, oh that he was but it appears that government spending and borrowing has reached an all time high – higher than Gordon ‘one-eye’ Brown.

    There is another way of looking at this – if it works then we can do away with politicians and have everything voted on directly by the public.

  3. Voyager
    May 25, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    This isn’t anything to do with ID cards (other than in some demented neo-tabloid Torygraph journalists tiny mind) it’s just about a system for verifying identity when using government websites.

    Currently they have that appalling ‘Gateway’ rubbish that really needs an overhaul anything would be an improvement over that.

    • May 27, 2011 at 6:08 am

      Well, I know I’m relieved. After all, the government never fails when it comes to keeping data safe, after all… 🙄

  4. May 26, 2011 at 8:17 am

    No it isn’t an ID card, and yes the “Gateway” is crap, (tried it) this slightly tongue in cheek post is about even more intrusion into our personal information, and if you don’t have a Visa or other credit card will you be barred from “Government websites”?

    How will “they” confirm your identity then? They could use your bio thingy passport (already on a database), or driving license-(already on a database), why the need for yet another poorly managed, leaking online saleable one?

    The council already have my date of birth and address-council tax/voter register, so why do they need it again?

    And yes I do need free bus travel-seen the price of petrol lately….

    But I do like Ivan’s idea:)

  5. May 26, 2011 at 8:19 am

    The council already have my date of birth and address-council tax/voter register, so why do they need it again?

    Exactly – it is bureaucratic mania.

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