The Identity Project
Identity project Initial Response to s37 Report
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The LSE Identity Project welcomes the Government’s first bi-annual
section 37 report to
Parliament about the likely costs of the ID Cards Scheme. In particular,
we acknowledge the inclusion of set-up costs, for the first time, in
the figures that are to be considered by Parliament. However, the report
remains vague on many important areas of the scheme and raises important
- It gives no details as to whether the new system is likely to
be based on a new database (which can have proper security built
in) or on existing databases which will have many inaccuracies.
breakdown of the 'set-up costs'? Will this entail a new register
or an adaptation of older systems?
- There is no indication of when procurement is likely to begin or
how long it is likely to take.
When will the procurement process actually
- It talks confidently about successfully recording biometrics to
identify individuals uniquely, but there are no immediate plans to
technologies at this stage.
How much will the Government spend on
testing the technology, particularly secure systems required in this
as the biometric technologies?
- It refers to international obligations for passports in the Schengen
area, but fails to point out that the UK is not subject to these
Has the Government looked into the implementation of
in the Schengen area?
Do their passport programs incur similar costs
- No consideration is made of the likely fees that will be charged
to verify identities against the National Identity Register.
estimated costs of allowing employers to verify visas through verification
against existing visa databases for foreign employment?
- The claimed purpose of the Scheme continues to shift.
It now appears
to be primarily about illegal working and illegal immigration, rather
than identity fraud which was claimed as the main purpose a year
- One of the expected benefits of the Scheme is convenience for citizens.
What policy and cost considerations are involved in the integration
of the Citizen Information Program into the National Identity Register?
The LSE Identity Project is finalising its analysis of this report and
its broader implications which will be issued shortly.
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9 October, 2006