Monday, May 17, 2010

U.K.’s ID Card Struggle Mirrors Privacy Battle in U.S.

As terrorists around the globe continue to exploit weaknesses in physical and Internet security, governments are caught between a rock and a hard place. To protect a company’s or individual’s identity, we need to gather and store personal information, but at what point does that gathering and storing become distribution—and what are the attendant privacy risks?

According to the reports, the ID card project was the subject of frequent criticism, with “privacy activists” saying it was overly expensive, fraught with security risks and a violation of personal liberties. The Labour Party, on the other hand, said the program would allow for tighter control over immigration and help fight crime and terrorism.

But what happens if some government official does something corrupt with our data, as government officials will from time to time?
To be sure, no system of identification and security will be perfect,
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