In the UK we have been force-fed plans for a new integrated biometric passport and ID card scheme for months now. The government seems intent on bringing in this costly, lumbering, intrusive and privacy-impairing scheme into action because a biometric ID card will somehow stop terrorists in their tracks. Tony Blair and his cohorts also claim that the new scheme will put an end to identity theft and reduce fraudulent national welfare claims. Tony even says that fears of an Orwellian Big Brother government are (and I quote) “misplaced”, even though they also want to track where to go in your car via a national grid of CCTV cameras hooked up to a database.
Is it just me? Does this not make you think? What kind of country do we want to live in? Do you really want a government that knows where you go and when you went there? Never heard of function creep? The government already has plans to use the ID card to tie in with your bank account. How is that not going to impede on your right to privacy? At least it’s going to be secure.
Or is it? The Register reports that the Dutch biometric passport has already been cracked by skimming the card!