Archive for id cards

Forgotten Liberal heroes: Clarence Henry Willcock

Listen to Liberal Democrats make speeches and there are frequent references to historical figures, but drawn from a small cast. Just the quartet of John Stuart Mill, William Gladstone, David Lloyd George, David Penhaligon corner almost all of the market, especially since Bob Maclennan stopped making speeches to party conference. Some of the forgotten figures [...]

Meanwhile, in other news…

21 December 2010 ,
Today Royal Assent was given to the Act scrapping Labour’s ID cards. Good news.

How ID card data ended up in the wrong places

11 November 2010 ,
The Coalition Government’s detailed planning to destroy most of the IT infrastructure and data for ID cards, following the decision to axe Labour’s ID cards plans, has revealed disturbing news about how data was mishandled. As the BBC reports, equipment is having to be destroyed because it looks like data was wrongly stored on it: [...]

Opposition to I.D. cards grows (if people reminded about costs)

21 February 2010 , , ,
More than half the public (53%) think ID cards are a bad or very bad idea when reminded that “The government has proposed the introduction of identity cards that, in combination with your passport, will cost around £93″. This compares to 37% saying they are a good or very good idea. Opposition to ID cards has [...]

Daily View 2×2: 13 December 2009

It’s Sunday. It’s 7am. It’s time for feline table tennis, but first the blogs and news. 2 Must-Read Blog Posts What are other Liberal Democrat bloggers saying? Here’s are two posts that have caught the eye from the Liberal Democrat Blogs aggregator: Esther for Luton – What’s that all about then? asks Jeremy Rowe. He says, “I couldn’t [...]

Nine staff sacked for breaking rules over ID cards database

4 August 2009 ,
Computer Weekly has the story: Nine staff have been sacked from their local authority jobs for snooping on personal records of celebrities and personal acquaintances held on the core database of the government’s National Identity Scheme. They are among 34 council workers who illegally accessed the Customer Information System (CIS) database, which holds the biographical data of [...]

More than 30 million pieces of private data go missing

1 August 2009 ,
Liberty has a new fun little film about why the Government’s plans for a national identity database are a bad idea:

My political video moment of the year

29 December 2008 ,
You may think that this was just another political YouTube film, this one happening to feature Nick Clegg talking about ID cards. But watch carefully 30 seconds in for the man entering stage left with a piece of string and a banana, eaten. Ten months on, I still have no idea why he would have […]

Government opens up new risk to our personal data

11 November 2008
The Government’s latest attempt to persuade us of the wonders of its ID cards scheme is Introducing the National Identity Scheme, a publication that sets out the claimed benefits of the scheme but which in fact makes clear that the scheme will open up even more personal data to the mercy of computer hackers. Sensitive […]

Labour election leaflet unveils anti-foreigner shift in ID cards policy

13 May 2008 ,
As I blogged about a few days ago, the Labour Party in the Crewe and Nantwich by-election is attacking the Conservative candidate for opposing “making foreign nationals carry an ID card”. As I said then, The use of the word “foreign” there seems to come with some rather unpleasant overtones in this context, the implication being […]