Monday, 12 May 2008

Government security experts express concerns about ID Card scheme

In today’s Observer, it is revealed that the Government’s own security experts are worried about Labour’s plans to introduce mandatory ID cards. Here are some choice quotes:

"In a potentially damaging revelation, which undermines claims that the scheme will enhance national security, the group has concluded that [ID cards] will be prone to corruption...

"The Isap report goes on to warn that the scheme may not be embraced by government departments, suggesting the cards are not being well received in some Whitehall departments.

"The panel also warns the initiative is struggling to fulfil its remit. It states that the scheme lacks a ‘robust and transparent operational data governance regime and clear data architecture’, suggesting there is confusion over its roll-out."