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.
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.