mattd wrote:What do we think the PPUK stance on a national ID card should be?
There are clearly privacy concerns, but would PPUK be against it even if the government could completely prove that it could guard everyone's privacy (e.g. independent 3rd party inspection,mathematical proofs etc)?
ojcorb wrote:The fact is, id cards would just be a titanic waste of money. The would serve literally no purpose other than letting the government spy on us. They wouldn't separate illegals from legal residents since the government will let anyone and there grandmother stay here. I halfway expect they will be handing them out in the streets trading them for drops of blood or hairs or something.
choccyhobnob wrote:I don't have any objection to a national ID card in principal, it's the implementation and availability of the data that worries me.
If an ID card replaced my driving licence, passport, NI card, NHS card etc it would be very convenient but it should hold no info about me, it should just hold a unique identifier that links to a central DB so the info cannot be scraped from the card and the unique identifier should be very well encrypted.
NO external organisations should have access to my data or identifier, the thought of things like life insurance companies hiking up the cost of my policy or refusing to insure me because I have a family history of heart disease or government monitoring me because of other members of my families political affiliations for example fills me with dread.
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