Oh look! More horseshit from the Identity Card wingnuts.
Twenty pages it is, and only three of them (1, 2 and 20) don’t contain misinformation or outright lies.
A sample of such misinformation/lies:
- Page 3: Apparently an ID card will “make it harder for criminals to use false or multiple identities and thus protect us all from crime and terrorism”; never mind that every terrorist strike in the last five years has been done by someone in their own fucking name… –
- Page 4: apparently passports, driving licences and birth certificates aren’t actually identity documents. Only because the government has decreed that the ID card is to be the only official identity document
- Page 5:However you will not be required to carry or produce an identity card – yet.
LIKELY LIE in the long term.
- Page 6: case study: She is relieved that she no longer has to hand over documents with her address on them to prove her age
MISINFORMATION, since a passport doesn’t have an address on it.
- Page 7: There’s mention of electronic readers and unmanned gates at point of entry.
MISINFORMATION since the card cannot be secure enough to allow this.
- Page 8: When data is checked your information won’t leave the register, apparently.
LIKELY MISINFORMATION because there’ll be an effort eventually (probably for the children to allow ‘trusted individuals’ to view such information on request.
- Page 9: Private companies will take the word of the National Identity Register as gospel and issue mortgages on it.
OUTRIGHT LIE since even the dumbest of companies know that the information on the NIR will be as good as the information on other government databases. That is to say, shite.
- Page 10: Not so much misinformation as mistakenly assuming that something is a good thing. Knowing how most people feel about the photos on their passports/driving licences, I can’t imagine that there’ll be a boatload of teenagers wanting the same picture on everything…
- Page 11: ‘It is standard practice for a new employer to check your identity and your right to work in the UK’
MISINFORMATION since that practice has only really become widespread under this government, as part of its plans for the ID card.
- Page 12:
MISINFORMATION on the description of ‘private sector partners’ – the generally accepted terminology for such people is actually Quisling.
- Page 13: the interview before being issued is not a test.
OUTRIGHT LIE – it is at best a test, and at worst an interrogation.
- Page 14: The UK is committed to EU standards to make EU passports the most secure in the world.
OUTRIGHT LIE, since the RFID on EU passports is able to be read wirelessly from yards away. Even the US passport is more secure.
- Page 15: The PIN number provides you with a simple way to ensure that nobody else can use the card.
OUTRIGHT LIE – Er, not so much.
- Page 16: Your information will not be passed to private sector organisations without your consent.
OUTRIGHT LIE – the database will be designed by an outside organisation, probably maintained by an outside organisation, accessible to hundreds of outside organisations and likely communicate over private sector communication networks. And that’s before you get to the inevitable CD left on a train somewhere…
- Page 17: If you lose your card you will be able to inform us…
MISINFORMATION – if you lose a card you will be legally obliged to inform the IPS.
- Page 18: A new National Identity Scheme Commissioner will be independent and look after your interests.
OUTRIGHT LIE They may try to look after your interests, but prior experience shows that such commissioners are either pretty toothless or simply yes-men.
- Page 19: The IPS is committed to ensure information and support is available to everyone
MISINFORMATION – they’ll only provide information if it suits them, given the whole fuss about releasing actual costs…
If you’re interested, the only reasons that pages 1, 2 and 20 escape without lying are that none of them has more than 20 words on them and just exist to space out the leaflet…