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Originally posted by stumason
Doth thou haveth a linky?
I would like to have a read if possible?
i'm not 100% comfortable with this ID card scheme, namely because I do not trust the Government to keep my data safe.
On the eve of yesterday’s debate, UK Passport Service chief Bernard Herdan revealed that more than 4.5 million people a year will have to go to special interview centres, where they will be asked to verify their identity by answering questions about their previous addresses and their schools, in order to get a new biometric passport from the end of 2008.
He added that 600,000 people will be interviewed by the end of next year. From the end of 2006 first-time adult passport applicants will be called to interview at one of 70 centres nationwide.
From July next year, all new passports will include a computer chip which would initially contain only facial scans, further details such as fingerprints or iris scans, will become a requirement at a later date.
The passports will use the same database as being used for the proposed national identity register that is part of the ID card system.
Herdan said that biometric passports would transform ‘pretty seamlessly’ into the ID card scheme.