For immediate release. 19/12/06
The Home Office has finally published its delayed “Identity Management Action Plan” ; burying it on the day that Parliament rises for Christmas.
The plan itself represents a radical shift of emphasis from ID cards to the Register and its use for data-sharing across government. The “new, clean
database”  promised by consecutive Home Secretaries is now replaced by a mish-mash of three old databases – each filled with inaccurate and out-of-date information and each originally built for completely different purposes – which will supposedly form a secure platform for delivering the real-time identity management of upwards of 50 million people.
Phil Booth, NO2ID’s  National Coordinator said:
Does the Home Office think it can lie to Parliament and get away with it? The Register described during the passing of the ID cards legislation was so
different; one has to question whether the whole Act was passed under false pretences. Ministers promised a Rolls Royce, now they’re wheeling out a
banger welded together from bits of old cars.
It beggars belief that the Home Office proposes to mix up the personal and private information of tens of millions of citizens with other government
data, on systems of Departments that can’t even look after the identities of their own staff . It’s a recipe for disaster.
In response to the plan’s conclusion, which states: “A really effective identity management scheme is essential in order to shape public services
around the citizen and realise the goal of truly joined-up and personalised government“, Guy Herbert, NO2ID=92s General Secretary said:
This is what NO2ID has been warning about for two years. ‘Personalised’ government means more direct, unified, control over the individual citizen.
The whole state on your case, the whole time.
Notes for editors:
1) Strategic Action Plan for the National Identity Scheme published by the Home Office on 19/12/06,
2) David Blunkett’s speech to Labour party Conference, 2004: “… we will legislate this winter to upgrade our secure passport system, to create a
new, clean database … as people renew their passports, they will receive their new identity card.”
3) NO2ID is the non-partisan national campaign against ID cards and the database state. See http://www.no2id.net
4) Tax credit fraud sparks 40 probes, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/5057956.stm
“HM Revenue & Customs closed the tax credits online portal in December after Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) staff had their identities hijacked … Of the 8,800 DWP staff whose identities were stolen, some 6,800 were used to make fraudulent claims.”