14 February 2006

UK lurches rightwards

From The Guardian:

Millions of British citizens will be compulsorily required to hold an identity card and see their biometric details placed on a central database after the government last night fended off a backbench rebellion designed to derail the plan. Anyone applying for passports or immigration documents will in two years time be required to apply for an ID card.

[…]

Within two years — that is from 2008-09 — the 7 million people who renew or apply for a passport will be given a full biometric passport, possibly containing electronic scans of all their fingers, thumbs, face and eyes, and have their details entered automatically onto the national identity database. In effect, they will get an ID card by what critics call “creeping compulsion”.

[…]

The government will go back to parliament to introduce primary legislation to make the scheme compulsory: those who fail to register could face fines of up to £2,500.

Looks like it’s time for me to get back to work on that US citizenship.

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