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Will The UK's Biometric ID card - work

By JimHM ·
I was just reading an interesting article about the proposed Biometric ID card the UK will begin issuing in 2007/08. Will this do what they say - cut down in illegal immagration - reduce ID theif - and aid in the Government programs.. Or more of an infringment of personal rights. Would it work in the US? Canada? or other countries? :)

"The United Kingdom is the largest democracy to commit to a chip card and biometric-based national ID card program. The program has been presented as a tool to reduce identity theft, fraud and illegal immigration. Committing to a national ID card program may facilitate common, strong authentication for e-government services. The rollout to a majority of citizens will begin in 2007 or 2008, and will take more than five years; the card likely will not become mandatory before 2013. The majority of U.K. citizens favor such a card, and the long implementation window will enable the United Kingdom to address privacy and civil liberties issues, as well as the challenges of successful technology deployment."

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by Oz_Media In reply to Will The UK's Biometric I ...

I am still not too sure of my full views on it or how it may be abused and or misused by those in power, yet I will expect some extremely tight laws behind exploitation of the information on them.

As for WHO will adopt these, well you can pretty much be assured that any commonwealth country would for a start, I am sure Canada would be close behind or at least would be considering it.

Japan, USA etc. who knows?

As for travelling with it, I do not see why it wouldn't be accepted anywhere at all, it's simply a means of identification when crossing boders.

Like the article says, thee will be enough tie during the rollout stage, before it becomes mandatory, for them to resolve any privacy or civil liberties issues.

Would such a system have prevented 9/11 though? Perhaps but we cannot be too sure of course, will it rpevent UTHER attacks similar to 9/11? It is at least a fair attempt that doesn't harm anye or restrict movement and would probably reduce wait times, border issues etc.

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