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The card will contain basic identification information including a photograph of the card holder, along with their name, address, gender and date of birth.
A microchip would also hold biometric information - a person's fingerprints or iris or facial scans, which are unique to the individual. This, as many would agree, is an extreme breach of human rights. The biometric details are designed to make the cards more difficult to forge but critics say they are not foolproof and may be more difficult for some groups, such as disabled people, to use. A national database will be created holding the personal information of all those issued with a card (not me!!).
Tony Blair has defended his ID cards plans, saying he is confident that the public backs them in principle,(or not!)leanne, 13 years ago.