UK Civil Liberties - New Labour's Record
Compulsory National Identity Cards
Britain last had compulsory National Identity Cards during
World War II. Now David "Big" Blunkett
seems determined to re-introduce
them for innocent UK citizens. This would turn the civil liberties
clock back fifty years.
The proposed new cards will not just be pieces of cardboard. They will
be high-tech smart cards complete with biometric information and
linked to a central database. They will spell the end of personal
Compulsory National Identity Cards turn citizens into suspects
and deprive people of privacy. They must be resisted.
Even if the cards are initially used only to prove identity in very
rare circumstances, functionality creep is inevitable. Once the vast,
expensive infrastructure is in place, future governments will see
it as "common sense" to also use it for other purposes. One of the
first would probably be a national DNA database.
For more information see:
UK Identity Cards - The Case Against.
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