UK Compulsory National Identity Cards
Dangers of ID Cards
The database required to support compulsory National Identity Cards
will be massive, probably the biggest IT project ever undertaken in
I worked for twenty years in the IT industry, I know how many bugs
there are in any big system. Whatever assurances we are given
the ID system will be full of bugs and incorrect data. Add to that
basic human error and we have the potential for a huge mess.
Of course the system could be designed and built to military
level specifications with independent verification and triple redundancy of hardware, software
Or it could simply be contracted it out to
the lowest bidder.
I know which one my money's on.
Governments have a dreadful record when it comes to implementing large-scale
projects of any kind, let alone IT. Do you remember the mess over passports
and the changes to Family Credit?
When your electricity contract is wrongly switched to another
supplier it's annoying. What happens when your personal records
are mixed up with someone else's and you find yourself declined
The influential IT magazine silicon.com doesn't oppose ID Cards on principle - but even
they have recently launched an "ID Cards on Trial" campaign.
"This isn't a campaign about the principle of ID cards or civil liberties but
a campaign about what we believe to be serious flaws in the bill over the estimated cost,
scope, benefits and technology. If ID cards are to be introduced we believe the project is
potentially heading for disaster unless these issues are addressed now."
UK ID Cards - Introduction
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