Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown's dubious Citizen Information Project plans for a "cradle to grave" national population register appear to have been shelved, according to this report in The Guardian
'Big Brother' scheme axed
Alan Travis, home affairs editor
Wednesday April 19, 2006
A £400m scheme put forward by the chancellor, Gordon Brown, to create a new national population database dubbed a building block of the "surveillance society" was finally killed off yesterday.
The initial plans for the citizen information project won the Office of National Statistics the 2004 Big Brother award for the "most heinous government organisation" from the campaigning organisation, Privacy International.
The aim of the project, which was to go live in 2008, was to create a "master list" of everybody's name, address, date of birth, sex and a personal identifying number which could be shared across the public sector.
But Des Browne, chief secretary to the Treasury, yesterday said this should be done through the national identity card scheme instead, "on the basis that the scheme eventually becomes compulsory". The decision is expected to add £200m to the cost of the ID card scheme.
How do they know that this will add only £200 million to the cost of the National Identity Register scheme ?
Where are the detailed cost estimates of this Citizen Information Project scheme and of the expanded National Identity Register ?
Where is the published report of the Office of National Statistics ?
Where are the Gateway Reviews of this project ?
What will now happen to Children under the age of 16 ?
How do you take meaningful biometric indentifiers such as facial photographs or fingerprints from rapidly growing newborn babies children and infants ?
But Phil Booth, of the No2ID pressure group, said the statement heralded a future of "cradle-to-grave surveillance".
Although this CIP scheme, the NuLabour Government's "Plan B", which they no doubt wouild have pressed ahead with had their Identity Cards Act 2006 been defeated in Parliament, appears to have been shelved for now, their bureaucratic and authoritarian "all eggs in one basket" surveillance state plans seem set to continue, unless the public resists them.