27/05/2010

ID Cards To Be Scrapped

Further details of the Government's plans to scrap ID cards have been announced by Home Secretary Theresa May today.

The Bill, announced in the Queen's speech, will require the destruction of all personal information gathered from existing cardholders and those currently held in the National Identity Register.

Identity cards which have already been issued will only remain legal until Parliament passes the law to get rid of them.
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The ID card scheme would save taxpayers £86 million over for years, taking into account all cancellation costs.

However, none of the 15,000 people who have voluntarily taken ID cards since the roll out in Manchester will be refunded the £30 fee as Theresa May said the Identity Documents Bill, published on Thursday, will invalidate all existing cards.

In fact, card holders will no longer be able to use them to prove their identity or travel within Europe and the role of the Identity Commissioner, created in an effort to prevent data blunders and leaks, will be terminated.

(CD/GK)

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