Public sector spending on identity management (IdM) is set to surge by £5.2bn in the next four years, according to a new Kable report. Spending on IdM is ready to leap by almost 50 per cent next year from £825m to £1.23bn, propelled by major programmes such as the National Identity Card Scheme, e-Borders, the Police National …
Why does this story...
... make me feel very uneasy?
Apart, that is, from the government's abysmal record of screwing up IT projects and wasting mind-boggling amounts of (our) money while doing so.
Who will own your data?
Supposing that current government and police force are competent, well intentioned and honest, then perhaps we have nothing to fear from a 'database state' where increasing amounts of data are collected on us. But what possible assurance can we have regarding the intentions or use of this data by future governments?
Possibly it is the database developers themselves who can best appreciate the risks involved in indexing so much personal data.
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