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This proposed Identity Card system is not about preventing terrorism, and it's not even about identity. It's about requiring individual British citizens to get government permission for purchases, travelling, banking, medical care, renting or buying housing, attending school or college, and even getting a job.
What's lurking behind this new proposal is a computer, which is tied into a giant national database, administered by government officials, which could be subject to error and abuse. Government busybodies would have access to our entire life history: our travels, our money, our medical history, family, business and our school records etc. Furthermore, this information would become available to banks, lending agencies, credit card companies, shops, car dealers, colleges and, of course, all law enforcement agencies (for a small fee of course!).John Hutchinson, 15 years ago.