Saturday, November 22, 2008

ID card details emerge?

The BBC have a sudden amount of detail on how ID cards will be kept up to date.

Curiously, there are a lot of fines if you have a card and fail to change information (names when married, etc), but at the same time:

There will be no penalties, civil or criminal, for not applying for an ID card.

Is that a long term plan? Are they no longer mandatory?

Also, we should note the prison terms for accessing or disclosing information on the database:

Anyone found guilty of unauthorised disclosure of information on the national identity register or an ID card application, would face up to two years in prison, while anyone found guilty of hacking into the ID database could be jailed for up to 10 years.

Not too bad then. Given that British identities are worth about £80 (hey, that's less than a Nintendo DS), crims can do a fairly simple cost-benefit analysis depending on the current state of the economy to work out if it's worth it or not.

1 comment:

Richard Veryard said...

"Fines will also apply if cardholders fail to report their cards lost."

And we get charged £125 every time we lose it? If I had to put £125 into a jar every time I lost the car keys, I could buy a pretty nice car with the proceeds.

But of course if you want real professional expertise at losing things, you have to bow to the superior talent of the civil service and their PFI friends.