The debate about
ID cards and ePassports in the UK, the NIR and the database state is well
underway, and clearly driven from the unelected European Commission.
I feel that much
is now unfortunately beyond change, and the undertaking of David Cameron to
scrap the ID card and the underlying database has been nothing more than a vote
Commission in co-operation with the Member States has finalised the roadmaps
for the action plans on Pan-European Electronic Identity Management, Electronic
Procurement and Inclusive eGovernment, hence the UK government’s rush to put ID
cards into service.
However, the need
for Data sharing on the UK scale, the draconian legislation, the intrusiveness
of the Data to be collected, and the handing over of our data to private
companies is not reflected in much of the European Documentation which calls for
more openness and transparency, and does not warrant the amount of secretive
and subversive methods employed by the UK government to achieve its goals,
including the attempts to neuter the Freedom of Information Act.
I can only surmise
that the secretive nature of the UK government in employing all of the
electronic programmes, the lies that have accompanied only partial and poorly
prepared explanations for its use, and the punitive and draconian legislation
that has accompanied it hide a much more sinister use for the citizens of the
UK. The UK clearly falls into category of nations to
be monitored in the report that I published earlier
may also like to view news from around the rest of Europe as to how they are
progressing with their individual national schemes, including problem areas
with the technology and privacy concerns, here.
Whatever they tell you today, you can be sure it will be used for
something different tomorrow.