"Voluntary" ID Cards

Anybody who objects to their personal details going on the new "Big Brother" ID cards database will be banned from having a passport.

James Hall, the official in charge of the supposedly-voluntary scheme, said the Government would allow people to opt out - but in return they must "forgo the ability" to have a travel document.

With one in every eight people saying they will refuse to sign-up, up to five million adults could effectively be refused permission to leave the country.

So reports the Daily Mail in "Don't like ID cards? Hand over your passport." I have two brief comments:

First, that's not an "ability," Mr Hall, it's a human right, covered in things like the UN declaration of human rights. Your government used to criticize the Soviets for not allowing their serfs to travel.

Second, all non-trivial privacy fears come true--many are enumerated in the Daily Mail story, so I won't re-hash.

Anybody who objects to their personal details going on the new "Big Brother" ID cards database will be banned from having a passport.

James Hall, the official in charge of the supposedly-voluntary scheme, said the Government would allow people to opt out - but in return they must "forgo the ability" to have a travel document.

With one in every eight people saying they will refuse to sign-up, up to five million adults could effectively be refused permission to leave the country.

So reports the Daily Mail in "Don't like ID cards? Hand over your passport." I have two brief comments:

First, that's not an "ability," Mr Hall, it's a human right, covered in things like the UN declaration of human rights. Your government used to criticize the Soviets for not allowing their serfs to travel.

Second, all non-trivial privacy fears come true--many are enumerated in the Daily Mail story, so I won't re-hash.