The myths of the fingerprints

If the Conservative Party wants to scrap identity cards, it should also scrap or reduce plans to fingerprint passport applicants, argues SA Mathieson

As the general election neared, Conservative and LibDem opposition to identity cards made their future look doubtful. However, it was harder to see whether a new government would keep fingerprints for passports. In the event, the coalition scrapped them as well as ID cards.

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CSC and IBM win ID contracts

The Identity and Passport Service has announced the impending awards of two of the National Identity Scheme’s main contracts to CSC and IBM

This interview showed that the Identity and Passport Service, responsible for delivering the national identity scheme, was carefully planning for a future without ID cards in April 2009. All articles on ID cards here.
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Smart move: use of health smartcards in EU countries

First published in Health Service Journal, 8 September 2005

Across continental Europe, patients visiting a doctor take a plastic card to prove their entitlement to healthcare. Increasingly, these cards hold a microchip allowing payments for treatment to be processed and if necessary refunded more quickly than in the past.

But smartcards can also be used as electronic keys to patient records, boosting security and demonstrating consent.
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In the name of the law

The London bombings have intensified the debate over the government’s plans to introduce compulsory identity cards. SA Mathieson reports

The plans discussed here were broadly those which entered law through the Identity Cards Act 2006. I wrote about identity cards from 2002 until 2011, and have published a history of ID cards in Britain: more information here.
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