No’ to this information sharing

LAST week s double page spread in The Comet, asking How Safe Are Our Secrets?, has really got me worried. That particular story covered the release of confidential information about children with disabilities to a parent by mistake, but I m looking at the

LAST week's double page spread in The Comet, asking How Safe Are Our Secrets?, has really got me worried.

That particular story covered the release of confidential information about children with disabilities to a parent by mistake, but I'm looking at the bigger picture with absolute horror.

This is the latest in the long line of private data making its way into the public domain, and this has got me thinking about national identity cards.

So far, I've sat precariously on the fence with regard to the subject, unsure if they are an acceptable idea or not. Not any more.


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The proposed scheme does not just involve identity cards, but a huge database containing people's details. Apparently 50 categories of registrable fact are set out in the Bill, which could be added to.

If stealing data and identity theft is the fastest growing criminal activity, as Bill Osborne, a consultant for a secure data destruction service, claimed last week, this will leave all of us extremely vulnerable and open to attack. We will be sitting ducks when it comes to identity fraud, and the establishment of such a database could prove to be a very generous gift for terrorists.

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NO2ID campaigners claim on their website that "The National Identity Register (NIR) is the main aim of the ID cards scheme. Your NIR number would be the key to your whole life. And by 'information sharing', what you tell one public servant could be passed to anyone.

"NIR would be the key to a total life history of every individual.

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