ID cards breach human rights, warn MPs

The government’s plans for compulsory biometric ID cards raise serious questions about human rights and the privacy of...

The government’s plans for compulsory biometric ID cards raise serious questions about human rights and the privacy of individuals, said an all party group of MPs and peers.

The joint parliamentary committee on human rights warned that the government’s plans to keep an audit trail of individuals use of ID cards on a central population register as a potentially highly intrusive into privacy.

The register would record details of individuals previous addresses, travel abroad, and records of when personal information has been accessed by other agencies, providing a detailed picture of people’s private life, the group said.

The committee has criticised ministers for claiming that the ID card legislation is compatible with human rights conventions without giving any supporting evidence to back the claim.

The Home Office plans to issue a formal response to the report.

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