Tarry for the Nonce

May 27, 2005

Tally Ho, Ol’ Pardner

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 5:28 pm

I can not believe someone is seriously suggesting global ID cards.

The United States wants Britain’s proposed identity cards to have the same microchip and technology as the ones used on American documents.

The aim of getting the same microchip is to ensure compatability in screening terrorist suspects. But it will also mean that information contained in the British cards can be accessed across the Atlantic.

Michael Chertoff, the newly appointed US Secretary for Homeland Security, has already had talks with the Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, and the Transport Secretary, Alistair Darling, to discuss the matter.

As if the concept of a national ID card wasn’t bad enough! Come on, Big Brother, give us a break here!

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1 Comment

  1. Well, I think ‘global id’ cards is a bit over the top… if anything, they just want you to be attached to your identification (in the sense that you are who you say you are). Inherently, this has no real danger. The danger lies in what one can do with the data if one becomes corrupt. Unfortunately, when biometrics becomes more prevalent, criminals and other nefarious types will just need to find a way around the system. The problem is… what will they do once forgery of biometrics becomes a problem?

    Its not like biometrics can’t be tricked. Sure, the media hypes it up alot, but realistically fingerprints can be forged, just as eyescans can be tricked. Voice ID would be more difficult, especially if one combines voice ID with other forms of ID. Albeit, the cost of a fake id is going to go through the roof, but we’re human…we adapt 🙂

    See the movie ‘Sometimes in April’ if you want a taste of how bad the identification card problem could potentially become. As long as we still get to keep our individual sovereignty (ie. liberty), and our right to bear arms, then I’m for it. However, we must guard against the abuses and tyrany for which our forefathers fought so bravely…. you may want to be more worried about when the State of Illinois will start to abuse I-Pass.

    Comment by Andrew Pavlis — June 2, 2005 @ 7:02 am


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