Why has the government not already published the draft regulations which would determine exactly what they intend to put on the ID Cards themselves ?
Baroness Scotland has now revealed, during the House of Lords Report stage of the Identity Cards Bill, that there are likely to be 4 different sorts of ID card, and that they might have, on the Smart Card chip:
- The information written on the face of the Card (but no clue yet as to whether or not this includes controversial Address information)
- A digitised photograph
- 2 fingerprints - whatever happened to the Iris scans ?
- The "technical" information e.g. card number and presumbaly digital signature checksums etc.
We will check this with the Hansard transcript tomorrow.
This could all have been decided and made public 2 or 3 years ago, and if necessary, changed in the future.
The topic of a "web portal" through which an individual could somehow securely check his or her ID Register or ID Card details came up again. Remember that you cannot send your biometrics securely over the public internet, and the Government scheme does not include a client side Digital Certificate on the ID Card itself, which could be used for reasonably secure SSL/TLS web sessions.
Apparently there will be "6 or 12 months" of verification transactions available online. Fuller details or older audit trail transactions will require a £10 Data Protection Act Subject Data Access Request.
How is such a system meant to entirely eliminates or even reduces the instances of "Identity theft" or "identity fraud" ?
How on earth will a "web portal" be secure against computer viruses, trojan horses, spyware, compromised Internet Service Providers , WiFi Wirelesss LAN man-in-the-middlle attacks, Bluetooth mobile phone insecurities, email "phishing" attacks etc., even if the centaral webservers and database servers are resonably secure (which is not usually the case ) ??
The culture of unecessary secrecy in the Home Office, is doing them no favours in trying to convince anyone that they are competent to take such far reaching decisions on our behalf.