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Mar 13, 2007

Don't worry, the government is in charge

The Daily Mail is reporting that the British government is cooking up a cunning plan to sell personal data from the national identity card scheme to 'banks and other businesses' at 60p a pop. Please form an orderly queue. The idea is to offset the ID card scheme costs with some income. How very entrepreneurial of them. How very New Labour.

I assume the government has taken the privacy and legal implications fully into account. Presumably the system is perfectly secure. Presumably it has an opt-out field for those crazy Brits who are less than enamoured of the idea. Presumably the Data Protection Registrar is right behind the government on this one. Presumably there's no conflict with the Data Protection Act and Human Rights Act. Presumably squadrons of pigs are flying over parliament ...

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