Privacy Activists Compare Online ID Assurance Scheme To Defunct National ID Cards

Privacy campaigners have claimed that the new online ID assurance scheme introduced by the coalition government echoes the recently scrapped National ID Card scheme.

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude last introduced the identity assurance scheme that would allow third parties like credit card firms to establish the identity of a person for using public services online.

Maude claimed that users won’t have to remember login credentials of all the public services they access with their identity being assured by their provider.

According to an article on Silicon.com, Guy Herbert, general secretary for NO2ID claims that there are shades of the National ID Card scheme in the new identity assurance scheme but its affect on privacy was still not clear.

Herbert maintains that even if the scheme is for the benefit of the masses, it could be used by the government to create a profile on a user using the information stored by the various government departments.

“What we don't want to see, and what could easily happen, is that this could be used as an excuse to share and Hoover up more information using the assurance element of the scheme,” he said.

The National ID Card programme, which would have filled a similar role, was ultimately abandoned over concerns of governmental overreach.