Daily Archives: March 25, 2013


Ian Dunt writes at Politics.co.uk: Hidden in the murky depths of David Cameron’s immigration speech were some nasty ideas affecting civil liberties and privacy. The prime minister, who not so long ago was deploying his best poetic rhetoric against Labour’s ID cards scheme, is planning on bringing in what appears to be a new biometric identity system. He only mentioned identity cards for migrants as an aside, but the implications are staggering. “We are already rolling out a new single secure form of identification – the biometric residence permit – for those from outside the EEA to make it easier to identify illegal migrants in the first place,” he said. This is curious. There is already a biometric ID programme for some non-EEA nationals, depending on the risk category the UK Border Agency puts their country in. What does he mean? Is he expanding it to include all non-EEA nationals, […]

Cameron’s immigration speech raises serious civil liberties questions