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July 2003 Archives

Too-expensive ID card system 'still some years away' - The Telegraph

'The introduction of identity cards is still some years away, Tony Blair indicated yesterday. Although he supported ID cards in principle, he said huge logistical and cost issues must be resolved.' link

Posted by SteveC at 11:17 AM Thu 31 Jul 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Privacy , The Telegraph
I will fight Labour repression, pledges new head of Liberty - The Telegraph

'The new head of Liberty yesterday committed the civil rights campaign group to resisting the Government's plans to introduce compulsory ID cards and to finding allies beyond the organisation's traditional left-wing support base.' link

Posted by SteveC at 11:15 AM Thu 31 Jul 2003 Categories: Human Rights , ID Cards , Privacy , The Telegraph
Blair shoots down UK ID card scheme - The Register

'UK Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday knocked the wheels off Home Secretary David Blunkett's ID card bandwagon, citing "huge logistical and cost issues that need to be resolved" before the cards can be implemented. If words such as "privacy" and "freedom" also figured in his reasoning he neglected to share this with us, but he pointed out that the last government (by which he presumably means Tory government, rather than the one he himself baked earlier) had examined the issue "over a period of years" and had come to similar conclusions.'link

Posted by SteveC at 11:12 AM Thu 31 Jul 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Privacy , The Register
ID Cards - The Guardian

'The prime minister signalled his support for ID cards "in principle", but said "huge" logistical and cost issues must be resolved first.' link

Posted by SteveC at 05:40 PM Wed 30 Jul 2003 Categories: Human Rights , Privacy , The Guardian
Identity cards won't stop the terrorists: they're only a fig leaf - The Telegraph

'This volume of correspondence is unprecedented, vastly exceeding the
response to anything I have written before. Many of those who support us
begin with a disclaimer: "I am no Left-wing civil rights fanatic,
but...", and then they go on to express revulsion that the British are
to be monitored like the Poles were under Jaruzelski, and the Chinese
are today...'

Posted by SteveC at 02:56 PM Fri 25 Jul 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Privacy , The Telegraph
Tories join attack on Blunkett over compulsory ID cards plan - The Telegraph

'The Conservatives yesterday joined civil rights groups in voicing opposition to the Government's proposals to introduce compulsory identity cards and criticised David Blunkett, the Home Secretary, for masking his true intentions behind "spin and obscurity".' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:00 PM Thu 17 Jul 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Privacy , The Telegraph
How Mr Willcock's brush with Pc Muckle struck a blow for freedom - The Telegraph

'If opponents of identity cards want a champion, they need look no further than the late Clarence Henry Willcock. He was the last person prosecuted in Britain for refusing to produce his wartime ID card and he spearheaded a public campaign that led to their abolition 50 years ago.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:19 PM Sat 12 Jul 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Privacy , The Telegraph
Inside Blunkett's police state - The Telegraph

'The day for compulsory registration on the new national identity databank is at hand. Every man, woman and child over 16 must report to a police station to be issued with their cards at a cost of 40 each.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:16 PM Sat 12 Jul 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Privacy , The Telegraph
'Magic eye' ID cards clear Cabinet hurdle - The Telegraph

'David Blunkett, the Home Secretary, is to press ahead next week with plans to introduce a compulsory identity card backed by a national citizens' database.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:15 PM Sat 12 Jul 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Privacy , The Telegraph
The plastic revolution - The Guardian

'Storing potentially vast amounts of sensitive data about every citizen in one place presents dangers. One would have to be supremely naive to believe that the information would only ever be used for benign purposes. You might trust this government, Martin, but what about the next one, or the one after that?'

Posted by SteveC at 04:10 PM Sat 12 Jul 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Privacy , The Guardian
UK ID scheme complex, costly, won't work, says expert - The Register

'UK home secretary and serial control freak David Blunkett's national ID card scheme has come under fire from an unlikely source - the company currently deploying Belgium's national ID card scheme. This has a certain piquancy, given that Blunkett thinks the UK is "out of kilter" with Europe on ID cards, yet here we have an outfit that knows what it's talking about reckoning that he is out of kilter with ID card thinking.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:11 PM Fri 11 Jul 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Privacy , The Register
CCTV to spot 'odd' behaviour on Tube - The Times

'A CLOSED-CIRCUIT television system that can detect suspicious behaviour is being tested this week at two London Underground stations.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:07 PM Thu 10 Jul 2003 Categories: Privacy , The Times
Plans for '40 ID cards - BBC

'People aged over 16 in the UK may soon have to pay nearly 40 for a compulsory identity card, it is being reported.' link

Posted by SteveC at 02:06 PM Tue 8 Jul 2003 Categories: BBC , ID Cards , Privacy
ID CARDS SCHEME BLASTED - The Mirror

'CIVIL rights groups yesterday slammed proposals for compulsory ID cards. Home Secretary David Blunkett wants to press ahead with the controversial 1.6billion scheme, despite the concerns of civil liberties groups.' link

Posted by SteveC at 06:23 PM Mon 7 Jul 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Privacy , The Mirror
ID hi - The Sun

'WHY should anyone object to having an ID card?
Being able to establish who you are can be very useful.' link

Posted by SteveC at 06:22 PM Mon 7 Jul 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Privacy , The Sun
Blunkett plan for ID cards for adults denounced by civil liberties groups - The Independent

'David Blunkett provoked a storm of protest yesterday from civil liberties groups over plans for the introduction of identity cards in Britain. In a leaked letter to John Prescott, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Home Secretary sets out proposals to charge every person about 39 to carry an electronic identity card.' link

Posted by SteveC at 06:19 PM Mon 7 Jul 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Privacy , The Independent
Blunkett's ID cards 'threat to freedom' - The Telegraph

'David Blunkett was accused by civil liberties campaigners last night of planning "the biggest threat to freedom since the Second World War" after a leaked memo showed he is pushing the Cabinet to back national identity cards for everyone aged 16 and over.' link

Posted by SteveC at 06:18 PM Mon 7 Jul 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Privacy , The Telegraph
Blunkett has "underestimated" cost of ID cards - Silicon.com

'The real cost of national ID cards could be double or even triple the 40 claimed by Home Secretary David Blunkett in a leaked cabinet document.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:13 PM Mon 7 Jul 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Privacy , Silicon.com