ID cards go up in flames in first step to tackle ‘database state’ – The Independent

Posted February 10th, 2011 in criminal records, data protection, DNA, identity cards, news by sally

“Identity cards will be consigned to history today as the database recording the biometric details of thousands of people goes up in flames. Hard disk drives from the national identity register, which underpinned the ID card scheme, will be shredded and incinerated in a symbolic demonstration of efforts to rein back the ‘database state’ and restore civil liberties.”

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The Independent, 10th February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Government suffers Lords defeat over ID card refunds – BBC News

Posted November 18th, 2010 in compensation, identity cards, news by sally

“The government has been defeated in the Lords over its refusal to offer people who bought ID cards a refund.”

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BBC News, 17th November 2010

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Theresa May to spell out timetable for scrapping ID cards – The Guardian

Posted May 27th, 2010 in bills, identity cards, news, passports by sally

“Home secretary to publish legislation to give the Home Office the power to scrap ID cards within a month of it reaching the statute book and to cancel the national identity register.”

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The Guardian, 27th May 2010

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£1,000 fines to bolster ID cards as Tories pledge to scrap scheme – The Guardian

Posted July 7th, 2009 in fines, identity cards, news by sally

“MPs tonight [6th July] approved fines of up to £1,000 for those who fail to tell the passport and identity service of changes in their personal details including address, name, nationality and gender.”

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The Guardian, 6th July 2009

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Passport details to be kept on ID register despite card U-turn – The Guardian

Posted July 1st, 2009 in identity cards, news, passports by sally

“British citizens who apply for or renew their passport will be automatically registered on the national identity card database under regulations to be approved by MPs in the next few weeks.”

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The Guardian, 1st July 2009

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Alan Johnson: ID cards ‘will never be compulsory’ for Britons – The Times

Posted July 1st, 2009 in identity cards, news by sally

“Alan Johnson signalled a significant reversal over the Government’s identity card policy yesterday when he ruled out making them compulsory for British citizens.”

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The Times, 1st July 2009

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The Big Question: Is the writing on the wall for the Government’s ID card scheme? – The Independent

Posted June 19th, 2009 in identity cards, news by sally

“Why are we asking this now?

The Government had been due to award a key contract as part of its grand biometric ID card scheme this autumn. Three companies – Thales, Fujitsu and IBM – were bidding for the right to develop the cards’ design and handle their production. But this week the Home Office admitted a decision might not be made until the second half of 2010. This is the second delay to have hit the Government’s ID card scheme. Under the original plans, the widespread roll-out of the cards would have taken place next year. Now it is not due until 2012.”

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The Independent, 19th June 2009

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Abandon ID cards – The Guardian

Posted June 16th, 2009 in identity cards, news, terrorism by sally

“The attempt to justify the ID card scheme on the grounds of the risk of terrorism is not sustainable – we simply don’t need it”

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The Guardian, 16th June 2009

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ID card reviews must be published, rules Information Tribunal again – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 24th, 2009 in identity cards, news by sally

“The Government will have to publish controversial reports on its identity card scheme after the Information Tribunal backed the Information Commissioner’s order to publish at the end of a protracted legal wrangle.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd February 2009

Source: www.out-law.com

Ministers told to publish ID cards review – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 20th, 2009 in freedom of information, identity cards, news by sally

“A Government review in to the viability of the ID cards programme must be published after a four year battle to keep it secret.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th February 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Foreign nationals given ID cards – BBC News

Posted November 25th, 2008 in identity cards, news by sally

“The Home Office is to start issuing identity cards to people from outside the European Economic Area.”

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BBC News, 25th November 2008

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£1,000 fine for wrong ID details – BBC News

Posted November 24th, 2008 in identity cards, news by sally

“Women who change their name after marriage could face fines of up to £1,000 if they fail to tell the government, under new proposals.”

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BBC News, 21st November 2008

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Consultation brings national identity scheme a step closer to reality – Home Office

Posted November 21st, 2008 in identity cards, news by sally

“The introduction of the first identity cards for British citizens moved forward today as the government began a 12-week consultation on the finer detail of the National Identity Scheme’s next phase.”

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Home Office, 21st November 2008

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Bill for ID cards rises by £50m as Home Office unveils pilot scheme – The Guardian

Posted November 7th, 2008 in identity cards, news by sally

“The costs of the national identity card project crept up by a further £50m yesterday as the home secretary, Jacqui Smith, announced that a small number of transport workers will be able to volunteer to get the cards next year before the official launch date.”

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The Guardian, 7th November 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Home Office denies scaling back ID cards – The Independent

Posted November 6th, 2008 in identity cards, news by sally

“The roll-out of identity cards is not being scaled back despite plans to include sensitive employees from just two airports in the next stage, the Home Office said today.”

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The Independent, 6th November 2008

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Gordon Brown’s terror claims for ID cards are ‘bunkum’ says GCHQ expert – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 30th, 2008 in identity cards, news, terrorism by sally

“Gordon Brown’s claims that a national ID card scheme would help prevent terrorist attacks are ‘absolute bunkum’ according to a senior Government security adviser.”

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Daily Telegraph, 29th October 2008

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ID cards plan in crisis as the ‘guinea pigs’ revolt – The Guardian

Posted October 13th, 2008 in identity cards, news by sally

“Plans to build support for identity cards by introducing them among ‘guinea pig’ groups, such as airport staff and students, are in crisis after 10,000 airline pilots vowed to take legal action to block them and opposition swept through Britain’s universities and councils.”

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The Guardian, 12th October 2008

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First ID card unveiled by Home Secretary as scheme builds momentum – UK Border Agency

Posted September 26th, 2008 in identity cards, press releases by sally

“The first UK Identity Card was unveiled today by the Home Secretary. Building on the Government’s commitment to begin issuing the first ID cards to foreign nationals from November 2008, the card’s design was revealed for the first time.”

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UK Border Agency, 25th September 2008

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Foreign national ID card unveiled – BBC News

Posted September 25th, 2008 in identity cards, news by sally

“The first identity cards from the government’s controversial national scheme are due to be revealed.”

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BBC News, 25th September 2008

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ID card scheme faces new hurdle – The Guardian

Posted August 15th, 2008 in fingerprints, identity cards, news by sally

“The national identity card scheme faces fresh problems following a warning from the government’s top scientific advisers that the quality of fingerprints from 4 million people aged over 75 may be too poor to be used to prove their identity.”

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The Guardian, 15th August 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk