£1000 fines By ID Card Secret Police

6th April 2008

Image of the proposed new Identity card.

A police force will be set up to issue £1,000 fines to anyone who fails to update their personal details on the Government's new database, it has emerged. The unit, part of the Identity and Passport Service, is expected to send the penalties by post, after snooping through computer records.

Potential pitfalls include forgetting to tell the Government of a change of address or name, failing to notify officials of an error on the National Identity Register and failing to hand in an ID card belonging to a relative who has died. All cash raised will go to the Treasury. It has also emerged the register will be used as a 'population database' to replace the historic census.

From 2009, anybody applying for a passport must enrol on the register and hand over a raft of details, likely to include financial data and address lists, as well as have fingerprints and a facial scan taken. Shadow Home Secretary David Davis said:

"This sinister force will be collecting money from UK citizens to go straight into the Treasury. There is a real danger this will be another stealth tax."

The Home Office insisted the £1,000 fine for not returning a dead relative's ID card was designed to prevent misuse. Officials promise to handle the return of such cards 'sensitively'. They refused to say how many civil servants would be needed to create the new police force, though scores are likely to monitor the records of all Britons.

Original story taken from the Daily Mail 23rd March 2007

ID card rebels offer £1,000 for Brown's fingerprints

Two of Britain's leading civil liberties groups are to offer a £1,000 reward for the fingerprints of the Prime Minister or Home Secretary - a move that could leave both groups open to prosecution for incitement.

The anti-ID cards group No2ID and the campaign organization Privacy International will this week take out spoof 'Wanted' posters in tube stations and pub lavatories offering the cash to anyone who can lawfully obtain either the fingerprints of Gordon Brown or Jacqui Smith. An initial print run of 10,000 has been commissioned.

The posters, resembling those issued by US sheriffs hunting outlaws in the Wild West, are backed by an internet campaign and accuse Brown and Smith of 'identity theft'. They stipulate that 'the fingerprint must be obtained lawfully and can be located on a beer glass, doorknob or any object with a hard surface. Corroborating evidence is required to ascertain the identity of these thieves.' The £1,000 reward will then be paid to the charity of the 'bounty hunter's choice', as the posters put it. The poster continues: 'As fingerprint technology spreads, this government will essentially have back-door access to your computers, files, wallets and even cars and homes. We are offering this bounty to teach these individuals a lesson about personal information security.'

Phil Booth, of No2ID, said the campaign was designed to highlight the increasing sensitivity of fingerprinting as a political issue. 'Having committed the largest data breach in history, the government is about to perpetrate the largest identity theft in history,' he said.

'I'm sure the government will seek legal advice to see if we can be prosecuted,' said Simon Davies, director of Privacy International. 'But it would be a foolish government that would try to charge civil rights groups.'

Taken from the Gaurdian 6th April 20086

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