UK National ID cards “poorly thought out”

Plans for compulsory national identity cards — seen by the government as a key weapon in fighting terrorism — are unclear and poorly thought out, a leading committee of MPs says.
The Home Affairs Committee said it backed introducing ID cards, abolished in Britain more than 50 years ago, but had major reservations about specific details of the scheme.
Prime Minister Tony Blair’s government wants to bring in biometric ID cards containing details like facial dimensions, iris images and fingerprints which could be checked against a national database.
It says the cards would help track terrorists, illegal immigration and organised crime.

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