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The difference between these cards and the ones you carried as a member of the military is the National Identity Register. The NIR is the central database which, as well as linking to every other database with information on you, will log every single time your card is produced and checked. Such a system is wide open to abuse.
It's a database that does away with the notion of "need to know" and may well lead to such things as insurance companies having access to your medical records without your knowledge or consent.
You only have to look at the sorry track record of government IT contracts (CSA, air traffic control, passport office, NHS) to see where this is going to lead. Massive cost over-runs, major security holes and all the rest. As usual, the crooks will find a way round the system while the long-suffering taxpayer gets shafted.Geoff Brown, 13 years ago.