ID card scheme to launch in Manchester

Here is something interesting I saw in the elevetor today while on my way to work. You should be very scared!

Manchester is to become Britain’s first ID card city. Skip related content

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Ministers are set to confirm that residents there can voluntarily sign up for the controversial scheme.

Anyone who wants an ID card or biometric passport will go to their local post office or pharmacy to have their fingerprints read and stored along with a face scan.

The card will cost £30 and the shops could charge another £30 to collect the data, which will be stored on a Government database.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is meeting Post Office managers and pharmacy trade groups to discuss the plans.

“The companies interested in working with us to deliver the service will play a key role in ensuring the public can apply for an ID card or passport simply and easily,” she said.

“While private companies will clearly benefit from the increased footfall from offering this service, their customers will benefit from being able to quickly provide their biometrics while they are out doing the shopping.

“With an identity card, people will be able to prove their identity quickly and conveniently while helping to protect themselves against identity fraud.

ID cards will deliver real benefits to everyone, including increased protection against criminals, illegal immigrants and terrorists.”

She added: “Our next steps will be for other cities to follow Manchester’s lead before full national coverage from 2012.

“This phased approach will ensure that card coverage occurs hand in hand with the development of supporting technology such as chip and pin readers.”

Shadow home secretary Chris Grayling called for the scheme to be scrapped.

He said: “The Government is split down the middle on ID cards but it looks as if Jacqui Smith is carrying on regardless.

“Piloting the scheme in one city is nonsensical and will only serve as a tax on the people of Manchester.

“They should abandon this farce and scrap the whole scheme.”

Today, 07:22 am

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