Government ID card met with barrage of criticism

A number of organisations have criticised the recent UK government's move to relaunch the National ID card scheme.

People working at sensitive locations like Airports, Power Stations or the London Olympic sites will be the first to receive the controversial card.

The secretary-general of the British Air Transport Association, Roger Wiltshire, blasted the ID card relaunch as a "half-baked and extremely dubious PR initiative".

The Confederation of British Industry also lambasted the project saying "One sticking point is the requirement on the private sector to provide information that can be used to verify data held on the national registry, without making clear who will be liable for the accuracy of the information and how it will be used. The government must address this as a matter of urgency if it wants to build confidence in the scheme. There is also widespread unease about the government's ability to handle the vast quantities of sensitive data on the registry."

Unsurprisingly, the Shadow Home Secretary David Davis didn't spare any blows, underlying the potentiality of a massive data breach like the one back in November 2007.

He added that "It is something very dangerous the government are doing. We would cancel this database."

James Hall, director of the Identity and Passport Service (IPS), told that the updated ID scheme will cost £1bn off the initial £5.4 bn price tag; but given the performance of the current government with regards to exceeding budgets - from the Olympic games to the Iraq/Afghanistan war; one could expect the price tag to rise significantly on completion.