10 things about ID Cards

These are 10 things about ID Cards from a little-reported Home Office document, “Identity Cards Act Secondary Legislation – An Impact Assessment”, which was published this month and might not have been known generally.

The full article is on ComputerWeekly.com.

1) ID card-holders can be fined if they fail to update information held about them on the National Identity Register (NIR).

2) An individual’s entry on the NIR can be given to “government departments or other public sector organisations without the consent of the individual provided they [departments and agencies] have been approved to do so by parliament under secondary legislation”.

3) The Home Office will allow ID cardholders to check the information held on them on the NIR.

4) The NIR will keep a record of which organisations have checked an individual’s record and when, though not the reason or the outcome.

5) The NIR will not hold a vast amount of “new kinds of data”, but the document does not explain what this phrase means.

6) Private sector organisations may be given information from the NIR with the individual’s consent. Insurance companies may make a condition of taking out a policy that you give your consent.

7) The ID cards scheme has not been subjected to a formal privacy impact assessment (PIA), as set out by the information commissioner. The PIA would have set out the scheme’s potential privacy issues and risks, as perceived by all stakeholders. 

8) The initial £30 fee for an ID card will be reviewed “before the high volume roll-out of identity cards begins in 2012”. The review will take into account the fact that the Identity and Passport Service must cover its costs. The costs of ID cards and passports have been combined so it is possible that fee rises for new and replacement passports will subsidise the cost of ID cards.

9) The document says recent research “shows that 71% of those interviewed trust the Identity and Passport Service to look after their personal information”. This suggests a sizeable minority doesn’t trust the government with their ID data.

10) The cost to the public sector and businesses of equipment to read ID cards, integrate systems with the NIR, or obtain information from the register is put at £7bn over 30bn years.


ID Cards Secondary Legislation – An Impact Assessment 

Heading for the £200 passport to help pay for ID Cards? – IT Projects blog

Breakfast briefing: ID Card costs rise again – a Guardian blog

ID Cards £6bn benefits spin – IT Projects blog

Now Jacqui Smith is ready to run the Home Office – IT Projects blog