Joined: 10 Apr 2007
Location: Manchester, England
|Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 3:42 pm Post subject: All UK citizens in ID database by 2017
|All UK citizens in ID database by 2017
All British citizens will have their fingerprints and photographs registered on a national ID database within 10 years under plans outlined by the Government.
Millions in sensitive jobs, including teachers, carers and health workers, will be among the first to be entered on to the identity register.
In a bid to kick start the project - the world's biggest - foreign nationals working in Britain will begin to be issued with cards from November. Starting next year, the first British citizens will be enrolled beginning with some airport staff, power station employees and people working on the London Olympics site.
Fingerprint kiosks, modelled on existing photograph booths in stations and shops, could be set up around the country to help people enrol. Plans outlined by Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, yesterday envisage a fee of £30 for a stand-alone card, and more than £100 for a combined ID card and passport.
But ministers have been told by their own expert that enrolment should be free if the scheme is ''to win hearts and minds''.
Full story here: