ID card "mission creep"

I seem to recall that, when ID cards were being proposed, we were assured that they would not be used as general means of proving ID, but only as “entitlement cards” for hospital services, benefits, etc.

If my recollection is correct, what are we to make of the comment by Meg Hillier, undersecretary of state at the Home Office, that “for legal transactions it might well be worthwhile [solicitors] having a reading machine to quickly verify ID”?

Am I being over-cynical to suggest that the government is using taxpayers’ money (and citizens’ personal data) to produce a scheme that private enterprise can use to sell kit to businesses for a profit?


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