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Digital ID Cards Could Soon Be A Reality

Sun Sep 06 2020

Downing Street are planning on introducing Digital ID cards that could be used for… well… almost anything!

Dominic Cummings want’s to transform how the UK Government uses peoples data by assigning all eligible adults a digital ID card.

The idea was floated after the it was recently realised the Government had absolutely no information available to help verify the identities of over a million people who’d claimed emergency support during the coronavirus crisis.

 

Digital ID cards aren’t a new idea though.

Ex UK Prime Minister Tony Blair raised the issue in June stating “the government should introduce new digital ID cards to enable people to prove their 'disease status' as various countries relaxed lockdown measures”.

He felt that industries such as travel would only be able to begin to recover if travellers in and out of the UK could prove they were clear of COVID-19… and, alongside the Governments Track & Trace program, digital ID cards could store that data.

 

If introduced, the digital ID card would enable citizens to use the ID online for a variety of different uses, including:

 

  • Being able to book GP appointments
  • Proof of age (for instance in bars and clubs)
  • Buying of properties (eliminating the need for witnesses to document signings)
  • Landlords/employers could check tenements/employees right to work/live in the UK

 

However, many groups have already come forward to criticise the plans amidst fears over data privacy.

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If the public don't trust that their data is going to be secure, they are not going to engage with the system no matter how seamless or frictionless.

Matthew Rice - Open Rights Group

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