21 March 2011

The former Labour Government in Britain developed a national identity card system as part of the “war on terrorism”. When the government changed in 2010, arrangements were scrapped. The scheme was criticised as an expensive erosion of civil liberties. The data gathered as part of identity verification has been destroyed. The Immigration Minister commented about people needing to have  “…trust in the government to know when it is necessary and appropriate for the state to hold and use personal data, and it is about the government placing their trust in the common sense and responsible attitude of the people.”