Archive for the 'identity cards' Category

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

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Abandon ID cards – The Guardian

“The attempt to justify the ID card scheme on the grounds of the risk of terrorism is not sustainable – we simply don’t need it”

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The Guardian, 16th June 2009

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk

ID card reviews must be published, rules Information Tribunal again – OUT-LAW.com

“The Government will have to publish controversial reports on its identity card scheme after the Information Tribunal backed the Information Commissioner’s order to publish at the end of a protracted legal wrangle.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd February 2009

Source: www.out-law.com

Ministers told to publish ID cards review – Daily Telegraph

“A Government review in to the viability of the ID cards programme must be published after a four year battle to keep it secret.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th February 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Foreign nationals given ID cards – BBC News

“The Home Office is to start issuing identity cards to people from outside the European Economic Area.”

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BBC News, 25th November 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

£1,000 fine for wrong ID details – BBC News

“Women who change their name after marriage could face fines of up to £1,000 if they fail to tell the government, under new proposals.”

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BBC News, 21st November 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Consultation brings national identity scheme a step closer to reality – Home Office

“The introduction of the first identity cards for British citizens moved forward today as the government began a 12-week consultation on the finer detail of the National Identity Scheme’s next phase.”

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Home Office, 21st November 2008

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Bill for ID cards rises by £50m as Home Office unveils pilot scheme – The Guardian

“The costs of the national identity card project crept up by a further £50m yesterday as the home secretary, Jacqui Smith, announced that a small number of transport workers will be able to volunteer to get the cards next year before the official launch date.”

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The Guardian, 7th November 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Home Office denies scaling back ID cards – The Independent

“The roll-out of identity cards is not being scaled back despite plans to include sensitive employees from just two airports in the next stage, the Home Office said today.”

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The Independent, 6th November 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Gordon Brown’s terror claims for ID cards are ‘bunkum’ says GCHQ expert – Daily Telegraph

“Gordon Brown’s claims that a national ID card scheme would help prevent terrorist attacks are ‘absolute bunkum’ according to a senior Government security adviser.”

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Daily Telegraph, 29th October 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

ID cards plan in crisis as the ‘guinea pigs’ revolt – The Guardian

“Plans to build support for identity cards by introducing them among ‘guinea pig’ groups, such as airport staff and students, are in crisis after 10,000 airline pilots vowed to take legal action to block them and opposition swept through Britain’s universities and councils.”

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The Guardian, 12th October 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

First ID card unveiled by Home Secretary as scheme builds momentum – UK Border Agency

“The first UK Identity Card was unveiled today by the Home Secretary. Building on the Government’s commitment to begin issuing the first ID cards to foreign nationals from November 2008, the card’s design was revealed for the first time.”

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UK Border Agency, 25th September 2008

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Foreign national ID card unveiled – BBC News

“The first identity cards from the government’s controversial national scheme are due to be revealed.”

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BBC News, 25th September 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

ID card scheme faces new hurdle – The Guardian

“The national identity card scheme faces fresh problems following a warning from the government’s top scientific advisers that the quality of fingerprints from 4 million people aged over 75 may be too poor to be used to prove their identity.”

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The Guardian, 15th August 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Big Brother’ government costs us £20billion – Daily Telegraph

“The cost of Britain’s ‘surveillance society’ measures is now running at £20 billion, a new report reveals today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

ID card fingerprint errors fear – BBC News

“Mismatched or unclear fingerprints could hamper the government’s £5.6bn ID card scheme, independent experts warn.”

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BBC News, 3rd July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

PM hits back over civil liberties – BBC News

“Gordon Brown has defended the use of CCTV, ID cards and the DNA database – saying they protect civil liberties.”

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BBC News, 17th June 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

ID cards could help turn Britain into a surveillance society, warn MPs – The Guardian

“A compulsory national identity card scheme could be used to monitor the movements of British citizens because of the dangers of ‘function creep’, a committee of MPs warned yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 9th June 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

ID cards may put poorer people at risk of fraud – The Guardian

“An official report has warned that the government’s plans for ID cards may put poorer people at greater risk of fraud, and that ministers are failing to coordinate implementation of the 10-year programme.”

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The Guardian, 16th May 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

High Court quashes decision to release secret ID card reports – OUT-LAW.com

“The High Court has quashed an Information Tribunal ruling ordering the release of independent reviews of the Government’s controversial identity card scheme. The freedom of information case must now be re-assessed by a new Tribunal, the Court said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th April 2008

Source: www.out-law.com

Plan for ID cards announced – Home Office

“The Home Secretary has announced details of the plan for a system of national ID cards.”

Press release

Home Office, 6th March 2008

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

First details of ID card timetable revealed – The Independent

“Foreign nationals will be required to give their biometric details from this year, and from next year the ID cards scheme will extend to British people working in high-risk areas such as airports, said the Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.”

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The Independent, 6th March 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Smith will support ID cards in defiance of fierce opposition – The Independent

“Jacqui Smith is to offer a concession to critics of identity cards in the face of concerns over the security and cost of the criticised scheme.”

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The Independent, 6th March 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Foreigners face fines over ID cards – The Guardian

“Foreign nationals living in Britain who boycott the introduction of the biometric identity card later this year could face losing their right to stay, under proposals published yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 26th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New database increases power of surveillance over citizens – The Times

“More than half the population supports the Government’s controversial identity card scheme, according to a survey for the Home Office.”

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The Times, 13th February 2008
Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Most say ID cards will fail, report finds – Daily Telegraph

“Fewer than a quarter of people think that ID cards will have any effect on preventing illegal immigration and foiling terrorists, a report has found.”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th February 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Poll shows growing opposition to ID cards over data fears – The Guardian

“The number of people strongly opposed to the introduction of a national identity card scheme has risen sharply, according to the results of an ICM poll to be published today.”

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The Guardian, 6th Febraury 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

ID cards may be issued by coercion, says leaked memo – The Times

“The Government is looking at using ‘coercion’ tactics as a way of introducing the controversial ID card scheme, a leaked memo suggests.”

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The Times,  28th January 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Home Office wants teens to take up ID cards – Daily Telegraph

“Teenagers will be made to take up identity cards in order to open bank accounts or qualify for student funding, leaked Government documents disclose.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th January 2008 

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

ID card scheme put off until after election – The Guardian

“A compulsory identity card system for British citizens looks as if it will be deferred beyond the next election, according to documents leaked to the Conservatives.”

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The Guardian, 23rd January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

ID cards for foreigners within three years – The Guardian

“The introduction of compulsory identity cards for foreign nationals in Britain will take at least three years to complete, ministers are to confirm this month.”

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The Guardian, 15th January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Brown cooling towards compulsory ID cards, MPs believe – The Guardian

“Senior Labour MPs yesterday seized on comments by Gordon Brown to suggest that he intends to shelve a compulsory universal identity card scheme. They interpreted his remarks at prime minister’s questions as a sign that he is cooling towards a compulsory scheme and may instead settle for a scheme that applies to foreign nationals.”

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The Guardian, 10th January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

More debate needed on ID cards, think-tank warns – The Independent

“The Government should launch a ‘serious renewed debate’ on ID cards or scrap the scheme, a thinktank report says.”

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The Independent, 8th December 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk 

Information chief calls for review of ID card plans – The Guardian

“The government needs to review the scale of its plans for identity cards in the wake of the release of 25 million names and addresses on government child benefit records, the information commissioner, Richard Thomas, told the justice select committee yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 5th December 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Data fiasco forces ministers into ID cards review – The Guardian

“Ministers are to look at scaling back plans for identity cards in response to the catastrophic loss of the personal information of 25 million people, including their bank records and addresses.”

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The Guardian, 22nd November 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Peer ‘ready to defy ID card law’ – BBC News

“The Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Williams has said she would rather go to prison than carry an identity card.”

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BBC News, 10th November 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

ID cards plan behind schedule and soaring in cost, say critics – The Independent

“The Government’s plan to bring in identity cards is running behind schedule and the cost is soaring, according to critics.”

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The Independent, 5th November 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

ID cards may be delayed as Brown calls for review – The Guardian

“Gordon Brown has demanded a review of the technology behind the proposed new ID cards, the Guardian has learned.”

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The Guardian, 5th November 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Thumbs up for ID card / Criminal record check trial – Home Office

“Plans for a new service using ID cards to help make Criminal Records checks faster and more robust have been given a resounding thumbs-up by volunteers in a trial of the new process.”

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Home Office press release, 1st October 2007

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

10-finger exercise for ID cards – The Guardian

“The government expects to take and record all 10 fingerprints from people receiving identity cards, the head of the ID card scheme revealed yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 10th August 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government will take FOI case to High Court – OUT-LAW.com

“The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) will go to the High Court in an attempt to overturn an Information Tribunal ruling on access to controversial Government reports.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st June 2007

Source: www.out-law.com

Cost of national ID card scheme soars by £840m in six months – The Guardian

“The official cost of the controversial national identity card scheme has soared in the past six months by £840m, according to Home Office figures published yesterday. It means the total cost of the project is now £5.75bn.”

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The Guardian, 11th May 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

One third of people will resist ID checks, Government predicted – OUT-LAW.com

“One in three people will resist identity checks according to Government figures. The just-released statistics predict a widespread revolt over identity cards, but the Home Office has dismissed the figures as irrelevant and out of date.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th April 2007

Source: www.out-law.com


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