Privacy and civil liberties campaigners this afternoon slated Home Office Minister Liam Byrne’s claim  that the National Identity System will be the 21st century equivalent of the railways or the National Grid.
Phil Booth, NO2ID  National Coordinator, said:
Mr Byrne hasn’t a clue what the world will look like in 2020. But a lumbering, costly ID scheme that nationalises personal identity is a steam-driven solution in the digital age.
It is crazy to say that the best way to “protect” our identities is to give them to the Home Office – the department of screw-up and cover-up – to look after. These are the last people on earth you should trust to keep your information safe.
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Notes to Editors
1) At Chatham House this morning. See
for full text of speech.
2) NO2ID is the UK-wide non-partisan campaign against ID cards and the database state. Scroll down http://www.no2id.net for a list of ‘database
state’ initiatives that NO2ID is actively opposing. NO2ID is affiliated to by the National Union of Journalists: