The London School of Economics has now published The Identity Project: an assessment of the UK Identity Cards Bill and its implications
There are simply no reputable academics or IT security experts, or legal experts or even commercial companies selling biometric security or database technology who will publicly support the Government's proposed Identity Cards Bill without reservations.
"From a security perspective, the approach to identity verification outlined in the Identity Cards Bill is substantially – perhaps fatally – flawed. In consequence, the National Identity Register may itself pose a far larger risk to the safety and security of UK citizens than any of the problems that it is intended to address."
Then there are the literaly billions of pounds of cost underestimates that have been glossed over by the Government in the vain hope that we would not notice that their sums simply do not add up properly.
If any Member of Parliament votes for the proposed Identity Cards Bill, which gets its Second Reading in the House of Commons tomorrow, after reading this comprehensive and well researched report, then it will be clear that they are incompetent, or that they have been corrupted, and are not fit for office.
Unfortunately, many of them will not bother to read, let alone understand, the full text of the actual Bill upon which they are voting, let alone a detailed analysis of its weaknesses and alternative proposals.
To download the executive summary, see http://is.lse.ac.uk/idcard/identitysummary.pdf
To download the full report (approx 300 pages), see http://is.lse.ac.uk/idcard/identityreport.pdf