Identity cards scheme will be axed ‘within 100 days’

Posted: May 30, 2010 in Politics, Technology, Uncategorized
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From the article:

The National Identity Card scheme will be abolished within 100 days with all cards becoming invalid, Home Secretary Theresa May has said.

Legislation to axe the scheme will be the first put before parliament by the new government – with a target of it becoming law by August.

The 15,000 people who voluntarily paid £30 for a card since the 2009 roll out in Manchester will not get a refund.

Ms May said ID card holders would at least have a “souvenir” of the scheme.

The Labour scheme was aimed at tackling fraud, illegal immigration and identity theft – but it was criticised for being too expensive and an infringement of civil liberties. The cards were designed to hold personal biometric data on an encrypted chip, including name, a photograph and fingerprints. The supporting National Identity Register was designed to hold up to 50 pieces of information.

The cards already in circulation will remain legal until Parliament has passed the legislation to abolish them and the register. The short abolition bill will be pushed through Parliament as quickly as possible with the aim of cards being invalid by 3 September.

Anyone who has a card or has to deal with them, such as airport security officials, will be told the termination date in writing. Once the cards are illegal, the National Identity Register will be “physically destroyed”, say ministers. Some 60 people who were working on the scheme for the Identity and Passport Service in Durham have lost their jobs.

Ms May said: “This bill is a first step of many that this government is taking to reduce the control of the state over decent, law-abiding people and hand power back to them. With swift Parliamentary approval, we aim to consign identity cards and the intrusive ID card scheme to history within 100 days.”

I think I’m starting to like the new UK government, now they only need to stop spying on it’s people with the cameras that don’t discourage crime and remove the airport scanners.

Then they will be in the right track, there will probably be more things to do but they will be on the right track all the same.

Original site.

WOG out.

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