Feeds

Johnson signs off ID card for UK citizenry

Bloody British, they all look the same

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Home Secretary Alan Johnson has shown off the design for the national ID card for British citizens.

The government has already dished out 50,000 cards to foreign nationals resident in the UK.

For British citizens the card will look like this:

id card mockup

Johnson also said that residents of Northern Ireland would be able to apply for a card which describes them as Irish, if they wished to.

The card contains an RFID chip which will hold two fingerprints, a picture of your face, your name, date of birth, place of birth and nationality.

In other news the Tories reckon they've worked out how much the Home Office has spent on ID cards so far - by adding up various contract awards. They reckon this comes to over £200m. The problem is that this includes necessary spending on upgrades to UK passports, so singling out spending on ID cards is impossible.

A spokeswoman for the Home Office said: "We have always been very open about ID card costs and recently published the annual ID card costs report. All the operational costs of issuing the cards will be covered by the fee income it generates."

That's alright then. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Bono apologises for iTunes album dump
Megalomania, generosity and FEAR of irrelevance drove group to Apple deal
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.