Big, Stupid Brother.

Thinkfree reports on the latest in the $7 billion Big Brother National ID Cards  the UK government is trying to implement – complete with biometric data embedded within them. Problem is, seems that they forgot a rather critical piece of equipment: scanners to read the fancy cards.

A news site, Silicon.com, submitted a FoI (Freedom of Information) request to the IPS, which responded by revealing that currently no police stations, border entry points, or job centers have readers for the card’s biometric chip.  Without readers, the card essentially becomes just a photo ID; no more or less secure than a standard drivers license, albeit at a much higher cost.

Identity minister Meg Hillier, ironically, had just told the site the previous week that the fingerprinting information was a “vital part” of the program as “fingerprint coded into the chip … links you to the card.”  Shadow home secretary Chris Grayling was quick to attack the floundering program.  He states, “Once again ministers have shown that the ID card project is absolutely farcical. What is the point of spending billions of pounds on cards that can’t be read in the UK?”

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