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The audit trail keeps a record of every access to your entry in the National Identity Register. Every single use of the card will end up in that register, and is freely inspected by various authorities. This audit trail is kept FOREVER (even after you die!). If you used your ID card to prove your age in a gay bar, in thirty years time when there's a BNP Government and there is the death penalty for being gay, they can trawl through this data and use it to round up suspects for processing.
Yes, this scheme is most certainly poor democratic hygiene. The Gestapo would have jumped for joy to have had the British ID card scheme available to them.Ken Tindell, 15 years ago.