This scheme has got everything going for it: large scale public sector IT implementation; overtones of big brother/Gattaca; massive potential for mission creep.
Can’t help but be a massive plus in my book, right?
Except, of course, for the obvious:
- The phrase with their permission is mentioned in the article, and will probably be the rule for the pilot scheme. For the full scheme? Maybe not. And what of people who cannot give legal consent, will they be asked for fingerprints without an appropriate adult?
- Fingerprints won’t be kept, is that how it is? Somehow, I doubt that that little hurdle will stay in place for very long. What with the well documented obsession of UK.gov with gathering fingerprints and DNA from people wot aren’t criminals…
- I’m no expert, so I’ll leave this dangling out there with no commentary: it’s going to be sent (encrypted, granted) over the phone network. Alarm bells are ringing…
Apart from all that, clearly it’s a bad idea anyway. Did nobody watch Gattaca, fer crying out loud?