CSC and World Biometric ID project 'Worldbridge'
I've been complaining about the UK requiring visas for EU residents (they refuse to recognise other EU country's residents card under 2004/37/EC, and so ask my wife for a visa).
I think it's a game to soften up the Brits to having their Biometrics recorded (they already seem to accept random stop and search, which a few years ago was unthinkable!). In a few years you'll be stopped and searched and your biometrics checked and recorded in Britain it seems.
Well on the *French* visa instructions they spell out the details. It is part of the evolution to 'World Biometric ID', it requires you apply to CSC (yes the American company) for your Biometric file. You cannot apply for a UK visa without your Biometric file, regardless of your rights under EU law.
You have to attend one of the centers in person, no more postal applications. So for us it is a stay in a hotel overnight and a 3 day process now since they only have 3 sites. This applies to Luxembourg, France and Monoco, so someone from Luxembourg has to fly to Paris, get their Biometrics done from CSC before they can be allowed to apply for a visa to enter the UK.
Also as part of the visa application, the embassy requires I provide 6 months of bank statements for my wifes visa application.
(machine translated to English):
"With the ATTENTION OF ANY APPLICANT OF VISA FOR The UNITED KINGDOM. The British government starts to ask biometric information (fingerprint and for numerical photographs) within the framework of an evolution towards the world biometric identification, in order to protect the individual identity, to facilitate the entry in the United Kingdom, to fight the fraudulent use of the visa as well as the abuse the system of immigration and asylum British. "
"From August 16, 2007, two major changes in the process of request for visa will come into effect to France, in Luxembourg and Monaco: * Any person asking for a visa for the United Kingdom will have to pass through the trade partner of the embassy of Great Britain, Worldbridge Services, subsidiary of Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE: CSC) in Paris, Marseilles or Bordeaux. "
Wow, so now CSC, a US company will be collecting the Biometrics and generating a file which you need to apply for the visa.
"* Any applicant of the visa, some is his nationality, will have to make the request in person in a center of request for visa like leaving his fingerprints and his numerical photograph. The applicants of visa will be able to deposit their file like informing itself on the request of visa near the center of request of visa of Worldbridge in Paris, Marseilles or Bordeaux. "
"There will be no expenses additional for this service. The requests for visa will not be treated any more directly with the embassy of Great Britain, except in exceptional circumstances. Except contrary mention, all the applicants of visa will have to leave their prints like their numerical photography. The request for visa could not be treated if the applicant refuses, or cannot, to provide acceptable biometric information. "
All I can say is fuck you Britain. I will not let you take my wifes fingerprints, spy on my bank account, or spend 3-4 days getting the 'World Biometric ID'. If you can't sell this shit to the British people, then you should not be able to sell this shit in Europe. If you won't comply with the ECJ rulings or 2004/37/EC then you should be kicked out of Europe. What the hell are you doing getting a PRIVATE AMERICAN COMPANY to record our biometrics anyway?? You privatized the recording of Biometrics??
SWIFT handed our data to the USA and now we're supposed to let CSC record out biometric data?