ID Cards may be dead, but the quest for your identity goes on

ID Cards may be dead, but the quest for your identity goes onPosted on November 17, 2010 by Ian Parker-Joseph

ID Cards were always an expendable experiment, they were only the front end, the big of plastic. The read danger was always the databases that lay behind them, gathering every bit of information about you. Just because the ID Card scheme has gone does not mean that Governments and the international Communitarians still want all your personal details so that they can tag, label, track control and tax you.

Have you been receiving phone calls during this past month from organisations, councils, housing associations, companies that you deal with telling you that they are updating their systems and they need to verify your details?

ID Cards have been soundly rejected by the public, so now they (the powers that be) have turned to deceit. Like a great big phishing scam they are getting you to part with your personal details on a voluntary basis to add to an online data store.

The proponents are selling this idea on the basis that it gives individuals control over their own personal data, allocating people a digital data store which they can then choose to share with different organisations.

In January 2009, the then Justice Minister Jack Straw gave greater powers to the government to share data, and now this government has gone commercial with it.


Participants trialling the service include the Department for Work and Pensions, London Borough of Brent, London Borough of Croydon, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, and the social network Netmums. External verification is provided by Experian. Additional recruitment of individual triallists and research will be provided by YouGov.

Official observers and contributors include the Information Commissioner’s Office, Directgov (now part of the Cabinet Office), the Direct Marketing Association, Open Society Foundation, Olswang LLP, UCL, Swirrl IT Limited, Workdocx, HometownPlus, Patients Know Best, The Customer’s Voice and Ctrl-Shift. Azigo joins the prototype as lead technology partner.

Mydex is based in the Young Foundation’s ‘launchpad’ service.

The project is backed by Red Tory Philip Blonde, by arch Fabian and Common Purpose founder Geoff Mulgan, and now by Cameron’s government.

This project completely destroys the fundamental data protection principle that information provided to one government agency, for one purpose, should not normally be used by another for a different purpose.

To say that this data will be under your control is a deceit of huge proportions. To call it Citizen Control of Personal Data is an outright lie. Its the commercialisation of your personal data, and its being collected by government departments, quangos, local authorities and housing associations.

A neighbour provided me with this copy of a request from their Housing Association, asking them to provide information that has little to do with a housing organisation, such as date of birth and NI number, mobile phone and next of kin, yet collects all the information that would have been on an ID Card, and asks them to sign away their rights over their information to boot.

Quite rightly, they have told them to get stuffed.

Participants trialling the MYDEX ‘service’ include the Department for Work and Pensions, London Borough of Brent, London Borough of Croydon, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, and the social network Netmums. External verification is provided by Experian. Additional recruitment of individual triallists and research will be provided by YouGov.

Anyone been contacted by Mydex to ask permission to store your personal details? No thought not. You see its not your data as far as they are concerned, its their data.

Its just the latest move in the Communitarian approach to making sure that every individual is watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished.

This is Cameron’s Big Society. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be placed under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, imprisoned, judged, condemned, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown it all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonoured.

That is this government; that is its justice; that is its new morality.

COMPUTER SAYS NO – get used to it.


You can read more about MYDEX in these links

Councils to test personal data stores
13 October 2010, Rebecca Thomson, Computer Weekly  

ID Political Innovation No6: Citizen-control of personal information
13 October 2010, by William Heath, Political Innovation

cards are dead, long live ID
October 18 2010, By Mark Ballard, Computer Weekly

ID v2.0 – the ConDem Pitch
October 22 2010, By Mark Ballard, Computer Weekly—the-condem-pitch.html

46. And here’s another thought that should make you go cold inside. The proponents of ID cards are already suggesting that we have identity chips implanted under our skin. `This would have made it easier to identify bodies after the tsunami,’ they announced, with breathtaking bad taste. `Embedding chips under skin is much better than a tattoo,’ said an enthusiast. `We can get more information on an embedded chip than can be put on a tattoo.’ Would you be happy for the Government to tattoo you with a number? Now, who else was it who did that?

47. The Government also wants to control store cards. They want to know how much money you’ve got, what you buy and where you buy it. They want to have a monopoly over information about you.

48. We should all fear the introduction of identity cards and we should all refuse to have anything to do with them. If ID cards are introduced it will be the crooks and the fraudsters who will benefit most and the honest citizens who will lose out. Terrorists and criminals will find that fraudulent ID cards (easily obtained) will provide them with a veneer of respectability. The feelings of distrust which will rise among the honest public as officials abuse their power will mean that cooperation with the authorities will deteriorate still further. Petty officiousness and heavy-handed behaviour by thugs with authority will destroy any remaining trust and faith in the police. All this has happened every time and everywhere ID cards have been introduced.

49. ID cards bring with them the assumption of guilt (rather than the presumption of innocence). They bring state interference and take away individual freedom, they bring coercion and remove consent.

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