The UK is introducing official ID cards over the next couple of years.
There has been a massive amount of political debate, and a lot of vocal opposition, mostly through the No2ID campaign.
Personally, I’m on the fence. Privacy is already at a massive premium, with CCTV cameras, satellite networks, the UK census, voter registration, lost disks and laptops, stop and search. Do we really want to give the government more than we already do?
However I’m a firm advocate of technology as a help, not a hindrance, and the idea of a database which holds my information centrally is actually quite appealing, and potentially (though this is never guaranteed!) it could be helpful in cutting through the swathes of information I have to provide all the time to prove who I am and what I’m entitled to.
As an official (and somewhat painful!) fence sitter, I take a look at the latest consultation on ID cards from the government, and I am somewhat baffled (as I frequently am) as to what it all actually means, in a practical sense. This thing is 97 pages long. Ninety-seven!
So, to kick this whole thing off, and do what I promised to do, here’s a Totally Unofficial 10 page translation!
National ID Cards — 10 page summary