Tony Blair yesterday in an interview on the Downing Street website:
Obviously all the normal protections will apply, but the important thing about this data is that the data that you have in your passport isn’t fantastically confidential to people, and the key for this thing is not actually the data about you, it is the fact that you have the biometric data of your fingerprint and your iris scan, that is the data that matters and that data is peculiar to you.
But who has access to it and how will citizens know that it is absolutely ring fenced and that only appropriate people will have access to it?
Because in the laws that we have put through on this, there are only certain people that are allowed access to it and that access, as I say, it is your actual biological data. And I think the confusion that people have here is they kind of think well you know the taxman can go in and get this information also, there is no information other than the same information you get in your passport, the key thing is the biometrics that are there and the reason for that is that this new technology, the biometric technology, and this is why the whole argument has changed, gives you a far better and more secure way of identifying people.
The government was facing demands to recall 3m micro-chipped biometric passports last night after a Guardian investigation which found that they could be electronically attacked and cloned with a £174 microchip reader.
Biometric data was transferred to a PC after gaining access to the chips in three passports. The findings are likely to put pressure on John Reid, the home secretary, to rethink plans for ID cards.
The Identity and Passport Service has spent £60m on new passport production lines for the £66 documents, which were introduced in March.
And whilst on the subject of ID Cards I can’t let this little beauty go un noticed (via Nosemonkey)
“ID Cards will reduce the threat of the Surveillance Society and help safeguard civil liberties”
The comment from Antipholus Papps is superb:
Concentration camps will reduce the threat of genocidal holocaust and help safeguard cultural diversity.
“A cell phone captured video of a 23-year-old student being administered multiple Taser shocks by UCLA police on Tuesday. The UCLA student was hit with the Taser shocks multiple times while he was in the Powell Library Computer Lab. According to the paper, (Mostafa) Tabatabainejad did not show ID to community service officers who were conducting a random check,” reports NBC.