We will have a lot more to say about the newly published Identity Card Bill, but if you are a Civil Servant, a Trades Unionist or an IT Contractor you should be very worried by:
31 Tampering with the Register etc
"(3) For the purposes of this section the cases in which conduct causes a modification of information recorded in the Register include—
(a) where it contributes to a modification of such information; and
(b) where it makes it more difficult or impossible for such information to be retrieved in a legible form from a computer on which it is stored by the Secretary of State, or contributes to making that more difficult or impossible."
"167. Subsection (3) makes it clear that modification of information includes cases where someone's conduct contributes to the modification of information, or where it makes it more difficult or impossible for such information to be retrieved in a legible form, or where the conduct contributes to making the retrieval more difficult or impossible."
Presumably this is the Home Office's amateur attempt at drafting some infinitely wide power to cope with Denial of Service attacks on the National Identity Register systems.
However, this also seems to be threatening any Civil Servant or IT sub contractor with up to 10 years in jail if they are engaged in Industrial Action such as a Strike or a Work To Rule etc. !
It would also penalise IT disasters such as the recent loss of service caused by a software upgrade etc. at the Department for Work and Pensions.
Would you risk accepting a contract to work on this system with the threat of 10 years in jail and/or a fine hanging over you, if the software crashes or you withdraw your labour and go on strike ?