Simon Bisson (sbisson) wrote,
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If you're going to do ID cards...

...at least do them right.

Digital identity guru Kim Cameron points to Ideal Government's link to a Sunday Telegraph report on the LSE's proposals for an alternative, user-controlled approach to IS in the UK. An approach that not only allows you to control what information is stored, but also allows you to control where it's held, and how much of it the government gets access to.

Oh, and it's also £10 billion cheaper than the government proposals.
An identity card scheme that costs just £30 per person - compared with £300 per person under the Government's proposals - will be unveiled this week.

The plan, drawn up by the London School of Economics after six months of research, would also limit the Government's access to information on the card to a few basic details - while the Government wants to hold much more personal information on a national database.

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A 180-page LSE report says that its proposals would satisfy the need for a national ID card to help to combat identity fraud and illegal working and allay fears that the right to privacy would be seriously undermined by a "Big Brother" state.

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Under the proposals, the Government would have access to only a few details - the holder's name, date of birth and photograph, plus an encrypted card number and a unique "national identification number".

The scheme would be more acceptable to the public because it gives individuals the right to decide whether to store any other information on the cards, according to the report.
Hmm. Cheaper, user-controlled and more secure? I doubt we'll see it happen, then...
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