Experts voice concern that thte government's ID card scheme goes beyond its brief and could raise data protection issues and create extra costs for the NHS.
Data sharing plan 'piggy-backed on ID bill'
The government is using its ID card programme to "piggy back" plans for a major expansion of data sharing across the public sector without an open debate
ID cards could put extra burden on health service
ID cards could create extra administrative and equipment costs for the health service, doctors told MPs.
Iris recognition trial at 5 UK airports
The government plans to roll out an iris recognition system to five UK airports to verify the identities of selected overseas travellers by 2005.
BSI leads work on biometric standards
The British Standards Institute is leading the development of the international biometric technology standards that will underpin the government's plans for a national ID card system and immigration controls at airports.