Monday, November 24, 2008

A Lifetime of Control

The precise impact of ID cards is still only just being made clear. Not just the sheer amount of personal data that will be collected, but the massive fines (£1,000) and extensive jail sentences (up to two years) for failing to complete application forms properly or within certain time limits, failure to turn up for questioning at a designated "interrogation" centre of the government's choosing (my three nearest centres are 30, 40 and 60 miles away - all involving a minimum of 2 hours of travel in each direction).

The No2ID website now provides a link to the government's consultation document on the secondary legislation required to make the whole scheme "work":

...meanwhile answers to recent Parliamentary questions have revealed that there are now more than a million children on the UK DNA database, including more than 100,000 aged between 10 and 12. Under 18s now comprise more than 25% of all records on the database.

full report on