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2008-10-09 - 19:29:00 - by AlisonW - Topic: Meta: Governance | Internet | Law |
The Guardian

Cory Doctorow: "The identity card I'm to be issued when I renew my visa is intended to be linked to all my daily activities: my medical care, my use of transit, my banking and finance, my tax – a single identifier that will track me through time and space, forever. The dossier thus gathered on me will be managed by the same agencies that have lost (literally) tens of millions' worth of records on British people in the past year alone.

It will all be tied to my biometric identifiers, such as fingerprints. Unless you wear gloves at all times, you leave these identifiers behind continuously, everywhere you go. These identifiers are not only available to law enforcement and the state, but to anyone who cares to lift them off any smooth surface you happen to touch. Once these identifiers are compromised, there is no means – short of amputation – to change them.
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Yet another reason why I support no2id against Labour's headlong rush towards a complete police state.



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