AN UNPRINCIPLED SCHEME

March 17, 2008

[Lifted from www.no2id.net]

The government’s own advisor lays out ten broad principles for the design of a “consumer-driven universal ID assurance system” scheme – and the Home Office ID scheme breaks them all.

1. Any scheme should be restricted to enabling citizens to assert their identity … BROKEN

2. Governance should inspire trust. It should be independent of Government … BROKEN

3. The amount of data stored should be minimised. Full biometric images (other than photographs) should not be kept … BROKEN

4. Citizens should “own” their entry. It should not be possible, except for national security, for any data to be shared without informed consent … BROKEN

5. Enrolment should minimise costs and give citizens a hassle-free experience … BROKEN

6. To respond to consumers and give benefits, it should be capable of being rolled out quickly … BROKEN

7. Citizens who lose cards or whose identity is compromised should be able to get it fixed quickly and efficiently … BROKEN

8. The scheme’s systems should work with existing, efficient, bank systems to reduce risks … BROKEN

9. To engage consumers enrolment and cards should be provided free of charge … BROKEN

10. The market should play a role in creating standards, to ensure ease of use and minimise costs … BROKEN

And finally – unless we’ve overlooked something – the Home Office published the results of its latest survey [PDF]. The Home Secretary bluffs and blusters that the benefits of ID cards are “undoubted”, but her own department’s research shows that while three-quarters of people consider the claimed benefits to be “very important”, only just over one quarter consider them to be “very believable”.

Unprincipled. Unchanged. Unbelievable.
[For an explanation of how each principle has been broken, see NO2ID’s press release on the Crosby Review.]

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