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Sunday, August 06, 2006

Police state

If this story is true and Gordon Brown is proposing to share data from a national identity register with businesses then we really are heading for a surveillance state. It is bad enough that the state is being given the power to track our every movement and demand proof of our existence, without offering the same rights to the highest bidder.

This proposal may well help to pay for ID card technology but it will mitigate against wide acceptance of the scheme. Indeed, I suspect that even the dwindling band of people who still believe that ID cards have some validity for security reasons, will baulk at this latest development.


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