This Report assesses the implications, costs, opportunities and consequences arising from current legislative proposals to introduce a national identity card scheme. The Report does not challenge or debate the principles that underpin the proposals. The goals of combating terrorism, reducing crime and illegal working, reducing fraud and strengthening national security are accepted a priori as legitimate responsibilities of government. The Report concludes that the establishment of a secure national identity system has the potential to create significant, though limited, benefits for society. However, the proposals currently being considered by Parliament are neither safe nor appropriate. There was an overwhelming view expressed by stakeholders involved in this Report that the proposals are too complex, technically unsafe, overly prescriptive and lack a foundation of public trust and confidence. The current proposals miss key opportunities to establish a secure, trusted and cost-effective identity system and the Report therefore considers alternative models for an identity card scheme that may achieve the goals of the legislation more effectively. The concept of a national identity system is supportable, but the current proposals are not feasible. An appropriate identity system for the United Kingdom would be one based on a foundation of public trust and user demand rather than one based on enforcement through criminal and civil penalties. The goal of public trust would be made possible, in part, through the use of reliable and secure technologies
To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.