On Tuesday 11th November 2003, the Home Secretary David Blunkett made a statement to the Hoouse of Commons about his ID card plans and has published a document called Identity Cards, the Next Steps (.pdf)
The Labour Government seems set on having a Biometric ID Card Poll Tax, but is trying to avoid opposition to Compulsion by pretending that they
will not make the final decision on this until 2007 or so.
On the floor of the House, Blunkett said that there would be no non-biometric ID card, although his document does actually suggest that there could
be such a card for the very frail, elderly or infirm.
None of the questions about Biometric Identifiers have been answered in these statements, there is the usual waffle about fingherprints, irsises, and facial recognition, but no actual decision as to which single Biometric or combinition of Biometrics they are actually advocating. How can they possibly guess about the security or cost of the proposed system when they still have not made a clear choice about the technology to be used ?
There is still no mention of Public Key Infrastructure, so we must assume that these ID cards will be incompatible with standard Digital Certificates, thereby making them usless for Internet accessible Government or commercial services.