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ID cards go up in flames in first step to tackle ‘database state’ – The Independent

“Identity cards will be consigned to history today as the database recording the biometric details of thousands of people goes up in flames. Hard disk drives from the national identity register, which underpinned the ID card scheme, will be shredded and incinerated in a symbolic demonstration of efforts to rein back the ‘database state’ and restore civil liberties.”

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The Independent, 10th February 2011

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Government suffers Lords defeat over ID card refunds – BBC News

“The government has been defeated in the Lords over its refusal to offer people who bought ID cards a refund.”

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BBC News, 17th November 2010

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Theresa May to spell out timetable for scrapping ID cards – The Guardian

“Home secretary to publish legislation to give the Home Office the power to scrap ID cards within a month of it reaching the statute book and to cancel the national identity register.”

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The Guardian, 27th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

£1,000 fines to bolster ID cards as Tories pledge to scrap scheme – The Guardian

“MPs tonight [6th July] approved fines of up to £1,000 for those who fail to tell the passport and identity service of changes in their personal details including address, name, nationality and gender.”

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The Guardian, 6th July 2009

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Passport details to be kept on ID register despite card U-turn – The Guardian

“British citizens who apply for or renew their passport will be automatically registered on the national identity card database under regulations to be approved by MPs in the next few weeks.”

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The Guardian, 1st July 2009

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Alan Johnson: ID cards ‘will never be compulsory’ for Britons – The Times

“Alan Johnson signalled a significant reversal over the Government’s identity card policy yesterday when he ruled out making them compulsory for British citizens.”

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The Times, 1st July 2009

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The Big Question: Is the writing on the wall for the Government’s ID card scheme? – The Independent

“Why are we asking this now?

The Government had been due to award a key contract as part of its grand biometric ID card scheme this autumn. Three companies – Thales, Fujitsu and IBM – were bidding for the right to develop the cards’ design and handle their production. But this week the Home Office admitted a decision might not be made until the second half of 2010. This is the second delay to have hit the Government’s ID card scheme. Under the original plans, the widespread roll-out of the cards would have taken place next year. Now it is not due until 2012.”

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The Independent, 19th June 2009

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