26 August, 2010 — NO2ID
+ PARTY GAMES +
As we move into party conference season, it is time for NO2ID to see who in politics has really grasped our message – and to look forward. Have the Coalition’s fine words about rolling back the database state been fulfilled as action? Will the new Labour leader move the party from its authoritarian stance against personal privacy?
Though ContactPoint has now been switched off and the data is being securely deleted, ID cards are not yet dead. There are some encouraging signs – for example, the government has just announced it is scrapping the database being developed by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) that was originally intended to be the ‘biographical’ component of the National Identity Register. But the Bill to abolish the ID scheme has not yet passed, despite the Coalition’s undertaking to get rid of ID cards in its first 100 days.