May 30, 2007 5:06PM

Rumors that the UK Will Abandon National ID

Via SecureID News, pol​i​tics​.co​.uk reports on speculation that incoming Prime Minister Gordon Brown will abandon the UK’s national identification card scheme.


Back‐​handed encouragement for that has come in an open letter to Brown from Conservative shadow home secretary David Davis:

As chancellor you already bear responsibility for the £58 million of taxpayers money wasted on this expensive white elephant.…Experts in the field warn that, far from making us more secure, ID cards risk making us less safe. By clustering a mass of personal information in one place, ID cards will make us a prize target for hackers, fraudsters and terrorists.

Almost a year ago, the Sunday Times reported on leaked emails showing that the UK national ID scheme is in collapse. Much like the U.S. scheme is now.