Re: Flawed in so many respects
@ Dr. Mouse: Re: Flawed in so many respects.
However, as we're on this, here's how I see the ideal government ID cards working:
A few thoughts of my own:
1. Cards free but voluntary: Agreed, but can't see the former happening.
2. Data not stored by the gummint: Are you kidding? Very tempting but not going to happen: the civil service/police/security services etc. are always going to want rapid and direct access. Y' know: just because.
3. Use online. Agreed: car registration etc. and all other similar interaction with officialdom. Potentially very useful.
4. Electronic cash, bank card details, membership details etc.? No! No! No! The more separate functions you pile onto an ID card, the more attractive it becomes as an object of theft / forgery. Compartmentalisation (separate cards for separate functions) is absolutely vital!
5. Also voluntary: having one's address on the card for ease of proving address. Does away with the need to flash utility bills etc. Admittedly debatable because potentially disastrous in case of loss.
6. Absolute no-no: having a National Insurance Number (or similar) on the card. Makes it more attractive as an object of theft and / forgery. (Admittedly tempting.) Alternative: a "card no.". (similar to a passport no.) which would expire with the card, e.g. after 10 years.