Government may drop national fingerprint database for national ID card


Government may drop national fingerprint database for national ID card

Antony Savvas

The UK government's national identity card scheme appears to be in further chaos, after a leaked document shows the government is considering dropping the planned national fingerprint database tied to the cards.

The leaked document, obtained by The Observer newspaper, indicates that the Home Office is considering dropping the national register of fingerprints - a key tenet of the ID card scheme.

The government has already dropped plans for a national iris scan database for the scheme, so critics of the project will ask what is the unique selling point of the scheme when it comes to tighter ID card technology.

The confidential document produced by the Home Office Identity and Passport Service, which was obtained by The Observer, states, "We should test for each group we enrol whether the cost of fingerprints is justified by the use to which they will be put."

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