Thursday 6th November 2008
Significant progress in the delivery of the National Identity Scheme which will protect your identity in the most secure and convenient way, was announced today by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.
In a speech hosted by the Social Market Foundation she set out progress on the delivery of identity cards and action taken to respond to issues raised by the public. The wider scheme will start with the introduction of identity cards for foreign nationals from 25 November this year. The Home Secretary announced today that she will be commissioning further work to explore how a small number of British nationals could reap the benefits of identity cards early by making applications in advance of the official launch date.
Today’s announcement also sets out how the Government has listened to the public, and responded to the views raised in the consultation following publication of the Government’s National Identity Scheme Delivery Plan in the spring. To help people understand what the Scheme will do for them we have also published the first guide for the public: Introducing the National Identity Scheme.
Alongside our response we are unveiling for the first time the remit of the National Identity Scheme Commissioner who will look after the public’s interests. The Scheme Commissioner will scrutinise the way the Scheme is implemented and how identity cards are used by both public and private sectors. The Commissioner will also review how we are keeping personal data secure and report any data protection breaches to the Information Commissioner at the same time as the Home Secretary.
The Scheme Commissioner will be supported by an Identity Scheme Public Panel, which will be established next year, to give greater assurance that the scheme delivers for the public. Its first task will be to develop an Identity Scheme Charter setting out the rights and responsibilities of individuals, business and the Government in relation to the Scheme.
Also today the Home Secretary named the airport operators who will be part of the first phase of the identity cards rollout for UK nationals. For the aviation industry a single, secure way of proving identity will deliver real benefits to employers, employees and the public by bringing faster, cheaper and more joined-up pre-employment and security checking processes. To assist the aviation industry in implementing this, identity cards will be issued at no charge to either the individual or airport operator and an additional fund will be made available to support improvements to the infrastructure and process for pre-employment checking and issuing of airside passes.
Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, said:
“Protecting the public is a top priority for the Government and identity cards, including those for critical workers, will bring increased protection against identity fraud, and help protect our communities against crime, illegal immigration and terrorism.
The announcements today are further steps toward delivering our commitment to a National Identity Scheme with real benefits for everyone. As identity cards begin rolling out, starting later this month with foreign nationals, we will quickly see that a single, convenient and secure way of proving who someone is will bring real benefits to this country.”
Geoff Muirhead, Chief Executive of Manchester Airport Group, said:
“Since the Government announced in March that airside workers would be amongst the first to be issued with identity cards, we have engaged in the consultation to maximise the benefits both to the aviation industry and its employees and we have achieved significant progress.
“Since no additional costs will be placed on the industry and a simplified process of applying for airside clearance is established, identity cards now offer real benefits to businesses operating at Manchester Airport. For individuals, identity cards offer the opportunity for greater portability in terms of applying for new jobs within the industry where airside clearance is required without the need to repeat lengthy security checks.
“On this basis, we look forward to being part of the evaluation period.”
Richard Gooding, Chief Executive of London City Airport said:
“Providing a safe and secure environment to staff working on site at London City Airport is fundamental to our business. In addition to the rigorous pre-employment screening measures already successfully carried out at this airport, the new Critical Workers Identity Cards will provide greater assurances to both colleagues and the travelling public.
“We look forward to working closely with the Home Office to roll out the new cards for all staff with airside access at London City Airport.”
The Home Secretary also revealed that the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) is to begin talking with businesses and other public organisations about how customers can join the scheme and give their biometrics using locations that are convenient to customers, like the high street. As part of this work IPS is publishing a prospectus outlining its vision for the creation of this biometric enrolment market - estimated to be worth approximately £200m a year.
The National Identity Scheme will deliver a single secure form of identity which will:
make life easier by providing all of us with an easy and convenient means of proving our identity;
prevent and protect us from identity theft and fraud;
reassure us all that workers in positions of trust are who they say they are;
protect the country from illegal immigration and help reduce illegal employment; and
make it harder for criminals to use false or multiple identities and thus help protect us all from crime and terrorism.
The first identity cards will be issued to non-EEA foreign nationals from 25 November, with 40,000 expected to be in circulation by April 2009.
In autumn 2009 the first cards for critical workers, starting at airports, will be issued.
From 2010 young people will be offered the chance to sign up for cards to help them as they start out their adult lives. And from 2012 the National Identity Scheme will begin to roll-out for the general population with identity cards available in significant numbers.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Manchester and London City airports have agreed to work with IPS and the Government as part of the first wave of airports under the critical workers identity card scheme and will help to develop detailed plans for introducing identity cards from autumn 2009.
Using identity cards as a single consistent means of proving identity across airports will bring real benefits to employers, employees and the public. They will help:
facilitate faster, cheaper and more joined-up pre-employment and security checking processes;
improve the portability of reference checks between employers and airports creating greater flexibility for employers and staff;
speed up pre-employment clearances for card holders moving from one airside job to another;
kick start joint work to explore opportunities for streamlining airside pass regimes;
give holders a highly secure and convenient identity document that can be used to prove their identity, and as a travel document within the EEA for UK citizens; and
help ensure all people using airports are confident about their safety whilst there.
The Government’s response to the Delivery Plan consultation can be found at www.ips.gov.uk/identity.
Introducing the National Identity Scheme, a vision of how the National Identity Scheme will work from 2012, can be found at www.ips.gov.uk/identity
The latest cost report is published today in Parliament showing over the next ten years the cost of setting up and running the UK scheme is £4,785m while the foreign national scheme will cost £326m. The report is available at www.ips.gov.uk/identity
As part of work to engage with business over the scheme IPS today publishes a prospectus outlining its vision for the market provision of biometric enrolment. The prospectus can be found at www.ips.gov.uk/identity
For more information contact the Home Office press office on 020 7035 3535.
WE ARE MORONS FOR ALLOWING STUFF LIKE THIS TO TAKE PLACE
Erm hello..protection...FROM WHAT EXACTLY
FEAR RULES THE WORLD...it's time we started to stand up and be counted now.
Our children are going to inherit a world of mistrust if it is still here,a world of complete and utter enslavement.Is'nt that worth fighting for,look around,think about yourself and how you treat others,the earth..everything.Ever stood about on a sunny day and looked up and thought WOW...what the hell am i doing here...rushing around like a pointless idiot 24/7 cos that's what we do,it's time we started being kinder to each other,we ARE ALL BROTHERS AND SISTERS AFTER ALL in essence are we not.Alien life-forms included
Take a time out once in a while and be good to yourself while you still can.
This current system of things is going to fall soon,i hope i am around in the aftermath
If all the costs associated with ID cards were borne by citizens (as Treasury rules currently require), the cost per card (plus passport) would be around £170 on the lowest cost basis and £230 on the median estimate. The Annex (below) shows where LSE expects costs to be incurred and the 'Top Ten Uncertainties' about the project as currently planned.
The LSE report The Identity Project: an assessment of the UK Identity Cards Bill and its implications is published today (27 June) after a six month study guided by a steering group of 14 professors and involving extensive consultations with nearly 100 industry representatives, experts and researchers from the UK and around the world. The project was co-ordinated by the Department of Information Systems at LSE.
The LSE report concludes that an ID card system could offer some basic public interest and commercial sector benefits. But it also identifies six other key areas of concern with the government's existing plans:
* Multiple purposes Evidence from other national identity systems shows that they perform best when established for clear and focused purposes. The UK scheme has multiple rather general rationales, suggesting that it has been 'gold-plated' to justify the high tech scheme. For example, the government estimates that identity fraud crimes may cost up to £1.3 billion a year, but only £35 million of this amount can be addressed by an ID card.
* Will the technology work? No scheme on this scale has been undertaken anywhere in the world. Smaller and less ambitious schemes have encountered substantial technological and operational problems that are likely to be amplified in a large-scale national system. The use of biometrics creates particular concerns, because this technology has never been used at such a scale.
* Is it legal? In its current form, the Identity Cards Bill appears to be unsafe in law. A number of elements potentially compromise Article 8 (privacy) and Article 14 (discrimination) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The government may also be in breach of law by requiring fingerprints as a pre-requisite for receipt of a passport. The report finds no clear case why the ID card requirements should be bound to internationally recognized requirements on passport documents.
* Security The National Data Register will create a very large data pool in one place that could be an enhanced risk in case of unauthorized accesses, hacking or malfunctions.
* Citizens' acceptance An identity system that is well-accepted by citizens is likely to be far more successful in use than one that is controversial or raises privacy concerns. For example, it will be critical for realizing public value that citizens want to carry their ID cards with them and to use them in a wide range of settings.
* Will ID cards benefit businesses? Compliance with the terms of the ID cards Bill will mean even small firms are likely to have to pay £250 for smartcard readers and other requirements will add to the administrative burdens firms face.
The LSE report concurs with 79 out of the 85 recommendations made by the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee in its report on the draft Identity Cards Bill. Following up suggestions there and coming from industry and academic experts, the LSE team also set out an alternative ID card scheme that would still incorporate biometrics, but would be simpler to implement and radically cheaper. The LSE alternative ID card would also give citizens far more control over who can access data about them, and hence would be more likely to win positive public and industry support.
Dr Gus Hosein, a fellow in the Department of Information Systems at LSE, said : 'We have proposed an alternative model that we believe to be cheaper, more secure and more effective than the current government proposal. It is important that Parliament gets the chance to consider a range of possible models before the ID Cards Bill is passed. Even if government figures were correct, the costs of the government scheme are disproportionately higher than the scheme's ability to protect the UK from crime, fraud or terrorism.'
Professor Patrick Dunleavy, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at LSE, said: 'This report is not an argument for or against ID cards, but an impartial effort to improve the evidence base available to Parliament and the public. The Home Office currently officially suggests that ID cards will cost around £6 billion to implement over ten years, but it has not yet justified this estimate in detail. By contrast, we recognize considerable uncertainties ahead with such a novel, high tech scheme and we show how these uncertainties might affect costings.'
Note: We assume that over ten years 67.5 million people (UK citizens plus EU nationals living in the UK) will be covered by the scheme. Some costs (for example, for issuing cards) could be higher (or lower) if more (or less) people needed to be covered.
The LSE estimates include the costs of 'pulling' information from other government computers needed for verifying people's identities, and of 'pushing' ID card data to Home Office databases, police databases and the Department of Work and Pensions. But they exclude the costs of adapting the full range of other government computer systems to use ID card data (likely to be substantial), nor the costs that will accrue to the private sector.
Ten Key Uncertainties over the ID card project
All data relate to the first ten years operation
The ID cards themselves
1. How much will the scheme cost the UK?
Our 'best case' scenario is that it will cost around £10.6 billion (very roughly £170 per card and passport) though some of this cost may be absorbed into government budgets and passed on through tax. If the scheme is fully integrated into government IT systems this cost may increase considerably. Worst case: 19.2 billion, with a proportionately higher unit price per person.
2. How often will the cards or the biometrics on them need to be renewed?
Best case: once in 10 years for everyone. Worst case: once in five years for everyone. Median: some people (for instance, some elderly or ill people) will need to renew their biometrics every 5 years or more; some others will need to renew cards because of personal circumstance changes; but other people can go 10 years.
3. How often will ID cards be lost or damaged and need to be replaced?
Best case: Loss and damage will be the same as for passports. Worst case: More problems than with passports because ID cards are in use much more.
The ID card service
4. How difficult will it be to initially enroll people on the ID card scheme?
Best case: People flock to enroll speedily and there is no tail-end of resisters. Worst case: People need extensive chasing, some people resist cards to the end, and enrollment is slow.
5. How straightforward is it to verify people's identities and to enforce compliance with ID cards? How costly will it be to make corrections and re-enroll people in the ID card scheme?
Best case: No verification problems, few corrections, simple re-enrollment. Worst case: Significant problems with verifications, more corrections, difficulties checking other databases; enforcement is more costly because of citizen resistance, and re-enrollment is somewhat more complex.
Public affairs aspects
6. To what extent will the public accept the government's proposals?
Best case: people come to embrace the government's scheme, seeing benefits in having an ID card backed by a Register. Worst case: a mass campaign of non-cooperation that creates unbearable pressures on the system with consequent financial cost.
7. To what extent will there be civil liberties and privacy implications in the scheme?
Best case: government is able to maintain strict protection of data on the register. Cards use secure technologies to limit the threat of data misuse. Worst case: the scheme suffers from "function creep" to the extent that a card becomes an internal passport without which a person cannot function.
8. Will disabled people suffer hardship and discrimination through the system's operation?
Best case: government recognizes the challenges that face many disabled people in relation to biometrics, and incorporates technology to meet and support these problems. Worst case: to rein in costs the government buys cheap technology that inherently disadvantages disabled people, resulting in severe day-to-day problems for them, for instance, possible denial of service and loss of dignity.
9. Are there any security concerns about the system?
Best case: the security of personal data remains much as it is in the current environment. Worst case: if intruders or hackers could compromise security, then large numbers of identity records are at risk.
10. Is there a risk that new kinds of ID fraud could arise from cards coming into pervasive use?
Best case: No new ID fraud. Worst case: Some new, high tech ID fraud develops, with greater costs for those citizens affected. Successful identity theft of a person's biometric data would mean that their fingerprints or iris scans are permanently in the hands of criminals, with little hope of revoking them.
27 June 2005
It's worth taking the time to consider each case. In my, not so humble opinion, the best case senarios are a little(incredibly) unrealistic. Tho I'm sure the reality will be somewhere in between (just incase the obvious needed to be stated)
However.... If I was a criminal... or a terrorist.... Well...... You can't get any better than biometrics to "varify" who you claim to be. And a national database of biometric and associated info? Well there's some pay dirt right there
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