UK Compulsory National Identity Cards
Dangers of ID Cards
Bootstrapping the System
For an ID system to have any value at all it must be 100% reliable -
99% is not good enough. This begs the question: when I apply for my
ID Card, how will I prove my identity?
The most reliable forms of ID we have today are probably passports and
driving licences. Yet there are many forgeries of these in circulation.
Perhaps the authorities will demand several forms of ID when applying
for an ID Card. That will make
the process more inconvenient for innocent citizens whilst being
unlikely to deter organized crime.
And what about the millions of people who have neither driving licence nor
passport? Will we have the ludicrous spectacle of high-tech, biometric ID Cards
being given out on presentation of a gas bill?
There is an unresolvable paradox here. If I already have a reliable
form of ID then why do I need an ID Card? If I don't have any
reliable ID then how can my ID Card be reliable?
There is a serious danger that the new Identity Cards will simply legitimise
existing fake ID.
UK ID Cards - Introduction
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