The Information Commissioner Richard Thomas has published an 11 page Memorandum to the Education and Skills Select Committee (.pdf) which criticises the Government's plans for a massive database on all children and their parents in the UK, under the controversial powers the Government granted to itself in the Children Act 2004 section 12 Information databases and section 29 Information databases: Wales, which destroys the Common Law duty of professional advisor / client confidentiality.
The memorandum mentions in passing the Identity Cards scheme and the Citizen Information Project. thememorandum also gives examples which have come before the Information Commissioner of the dangers of function creep, and of overzealous, "box ticking" petty officials, who fail to record changes and amendments as promptly as they record "cover your backside" rumours, hearsay and "intelligence".
In his opinion keeping tabs on 11 or 12 million Children, when the justification for the database is only the 3 or 4 mil;lion who are in someway "at risk", is "not proportionate" and would fail to pass the test of both the Data Protection Act 1998 and the European Convention on Human Rights Article 8 the right to privacy etc. established in the Human Rights Act 1998
The same chain of logic and concerns must also apply to the proposed National Identity Register