ID cards here - but can't be read by police

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James Hammerton

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Feb 7, 2009, 8:28:41 AM2/7/09
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Last year, the government started issuing ID cards to the foreign
workers, hailing it
[http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/about-us/news/id-cards-on-time?version=1]
as the first step in implementing the National Identity Scheme(NIS)
[http://www.magnacartaplus.org/news/index.php/?page_id=95].

However, the cards cannot currently be read by the police
[http://www.silicon.com/publicsector/0,3800010403,39391135,00.htm] as
there are no card readers for them to check people's identity against
the National Identity Register (NIR) yet.

It thus looks as if the key infrastructure for the scheme to work as
intended is not currently in place. Whilst that is so, all that’s
changed is that people who needed a visa to reside in the UK now have to
get a card.

The NIR is a critical component in the government’s plans as are the
readers and infrastructure required to check people’s identities against
the NIR.

Until this infrastructure is in place, the NIS will thus be operating in
name only.

James

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James Hammerton,
http://jameshammerton.blogspot.com/
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