Tuesday, October 18, 2005

brown eyes and worn fingerprints

BBC News: Politics: ID cards scheme dubbed 'a farce'
Plans for a national ID card scheme have been branded "farcical" after suggestions it might misidentify people with brown eyes or men who go bald.

BBC News: Magazine: Can fingerprints wear away?
People could apparently be misidentified by hi-tech scanners developed for national ID cards because their fingerprints have been worn away.

Even the Tories are against ID cards now - more on practical than ideological grounds it seems. And some Labour MPs are going to rebel when the Commons votes on whether the bill will go on to a third reading. But the government seems to be determined to push this through. Would the last person out of the country please remember to turn out the lights?

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