Yes, these are the words of the UK Information Commissioner, Richard “I like to keep my privates to myself, thank you very much” Thomas, whose job it is to keep checks on the UK’s data protection and freedom of information laws.
He said today as part of the home affairs select committee’s inquiry into the draft legislation on identity cards that he was worried the British plans were “more comprehensive and ambitious than any other scheme in the world”.
“This is beginning to represent a really significant sea change in the relationship between state and every individual in this country… [it is] now clear the scheme was not just about identity cards but about a national identity register“.
“It is not just about citizens having a piece of plastic to identify themselves – it’s about the amount, the nature of the information held about every citizen and how that’s going to be used in a wide range of activities.”
But Mr Thomas said that if the ID cards did work out as the government planned they would be “a very, very attractive proposition for criminals“. Well, that’s a relief. BBC has report here.
BSC (British Computer Society) chipped in today as well: “The risk of failure is significantly increased because there does not seem to be any firm and fixed statement of what the system is meant to achieve, what success or failure criteria are imposed and what scope limitations have been imposed,” (from Computer Weekly)
I’m feeling a lot better now. And on a related note…
BCS Joint Report: UK Wasting Billions on IT Projects
Billions of pounds are wasted every year on new IT systems, according to a joint report from the British Computer Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering on the Challenges of Complex IT Projects.
Challenges of Complex IT Projects Report