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(News) US Wants Access To British ID Cards

If you didn't like the idea of ID Cards in the UK before now just wiat until you've read the following article. The US wants Britain to use the same micro-chip and technology as the ones used on Amrican documents so they can access the information too!!!

US Wants To Be Able To Access Britons' ID Cards (The Independent; Friday 27th May 2005)


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May. 27th, 2005 01:22 pm (UTC)
It's just funny anymore, although I suppose this adds ammo to our anti-id stance.
May. 27th, 2005 01:23 pm (UTC)
Bearing in mind that the US doesn't like to export encryption tech, how exactly are they going to secure this data across two companies and remain compatible?

Or are they going to make sure that that every scriptkiddie in the world has access too?

May. 27th, 2005 01:23 pm (UTC)
Countries, not companies. I'm at work, ok?

May. 27th, 2005 01:26 pm (UTC)
The US version of the ID cards don't hav any encryption, they ahve already stated that.

If they are compatable we will become just another state of America. As I have always said we should have joined Europe a long time ago, they at least we would be the Muppet of the lesser of two Wevils.
May. 27th, 2005 01:26 pm (UTC)
Holeeeee shheeeeeet!! Right, am plastering that everywhere!!
May. 27th, 2005 01:30 pm (UTC)
I think it's entirely sensible that ID cards use compatible technology. It would, as the US Secretary points out, be silly to make them incompatible.

I have no problems at all with the concept of ID cards. With the exception of the biometric data, every single piece of information that the ID card will capture is something that the government already has a right to. ID cards exist all over the world without being exploited in the way people seem to be panicking that they'll be used.

A police officer can ask you right now to identify yourself - ID card or not.

I carried an ID card for three years in Japan (my 'Alien Registration Card'), and I'm fine with it.

My main opposition is that they're planning to make us pay £93 for something that's compulsory.
May. 27th, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC)
Eh, I'm not opposed to ID cards being compulsory. If anything they can help identify people easier, and make certain things like underage people in bars etc actually enforceable.

As is, a person under 23 in Ireland has to carry ID on them when they plan a night out. Although this isn't strictly enforced really.

Personally I don't see what the big fuss is about. I really couldn't care less if I had to carry a card markimg my identity. It really wouldn't effect my life in any way. It's not like there is any information on my passport that I have a reason to hide.
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