UK: All-In-One ID Card Not Such a Hot Idea


It looks like our good neighbors across the pond have vetoed an all-in-one ID card proposal by the British government.

The BBC reports:

Plans to combine new compulsory identity cards with passports and driving licences have been dropped by Home Secretary David Blunkett.

The UK Home Office’s official response: “When cost, implementation and risk considerations are assessed together, we now think the option of a free-standing card is more attractive.”

Similar efforts have failed here in the states as well. Right after September 11th, I would have been much more inclined to support a national ID card system here in the US. These days, it would take a seriously uptick in terrorism here in the states for something like this to gain acceptance.

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