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August 2003 Archives

Want to visit Britain? Join the fingerprint queue - The Register

'The Government today announced plans to extend the use of biometric technology throughout the UK visa system in a crackdown against abuse of the immigration system.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:36 PM Fri 29 Aug 2003 Categories: Human Rights , Privacy , The Register
ID cards to be tested in 'a small market town' - The Guardian

'The Home Office confirmed last night that a six-month trial, testing the use of new generation fingerprint and eye-scanning technology, would be completed by April to "assess customer perceptions and reactions" and estimate costs. It is believed that the trial will be carried out in an as yet unnamed small market town with a population of about 10,000.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:29 PM Wed 27 Aug 2003 Categories: ID Cards , The Guardian
New children's database will list potential criminals - The Telegraph

'Tony Blair is to announce plans to put up to half a million children deemed at risk of becoming criminals or getting into other trouble on a new computer register. Teachers, family doctors and other professionals working with youngsters will be asked to name potential troublemakers whose personal details will then be placed on the database.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:27 PM Sun 24 Aug 2003 Categories: Human Rights , Privacy , The Telegraph
Goodbye speed cameras, hello a spy in every car - The Times

'EVEN George Orwell would have choked. Government officials are drawing up plans to fit all cars in Britain with a personalised microchip so that rule-breaking motorists can be prosecuted by computer. Dubbed the "Spy in the Dashboard" and "the Informer" the chip will automatically report a wide range of offences including speeding, road tax evasion and illegal parking. The first you will know about it is when a summons or a fine lands on your doormat.' link

Posted by SteveC at 11:39 AM Sun 24 Aug 2003 Categories: Privacy , The Times
Blair orders Blunkett to put identity card scheme on hold - The Independent

'Tony Blair has put off the launch of a plan to compel every Briton to hold an ID card in response to fears that it will turn into an expensive and frustrating assault on liberty.' link

Posted by SteveC at 05:44 PM Fri 1 Aug 2003 Categories: Human Rights , Privacy , The Independent