Councils, unions and the nations against ID

A growing number of Councils and other major bodies, such as the Scottish Parliament, and the Welsh and London Assemblies have passed strongly worded motions against ID cards. Many of these will refuse to cooperate with the ID scheme; some have even affiliated to NO2ID. We would encourage you, even if there is not a local group in your area, to lobby your local Councillors to pass a motion against ID cards. You can do this by making an appointment or writing a letter. NO2ID has produced a briefing document for Councillors about the impact of the National Identity Scheme on local government, which you can download (MS Word document). Every Council is different. Don’t forget to speak to Councillors of all parties, not just the one(s) who propose the motion. Lay things on the line — the millions that each Local Authority is going to have to pay to […]

Biometrics: a primer

What is biometrics? The Home Office says that: “A biometric is a unique identifying physical characteristic. Examples include facial recognition, iris patterns and fingerprints.” Biometrics is not that simple. Biometrics is the science of measuring and statistically analyzing human body characteristics, such as faces, iris patterns, fingerprints, voice recognition and so on. These characteristics are not always unique, and so biometrics is used to give a statistical probability of identification rather than a definite identification. What is the benefit of having biometrics? The benefit is an added “safeguard” to prevent another person from using your identity card. A fingerprint is much more difficult to forge than a signature. This of course relies on your biometric data being checked against the national database every time the card is used. How reliable are they? Not reliable enough! Tests were done on a sample of 10,000 volunteers, including disabled volunteers. These showed that: […]

Further reading

Here we have collected links to sources of information about the government’s Identity Cards proposals. NO2ID is not responsible for the content on any external sites. Feel free to use the comments section below to let us know of any others. Home Office, Government and Parliamentary documents Committee reports and communications on the Identity Cards Bill 2004 – 2005 NO2ID, Liberty and JCWI briefings on the bill ID Opposition LSE Articles, Papers and Projects and related debate Home Office Commercial Documents Home Office Research & Publications and commentary Related Legislation and Activities ID Card Schemes around the World Home Office, Government and Parliamentary documents Links to all of the published documents to do with the re-introduced Identity Cards Bill (now passed), and the Home Office archive. House of Commons Library Research Paper (PDF, 337kb), published 13th June 2005 – an overview of the history and some of the issues surrounding […]