Johnson reveals ID register linked to NI numbers
It's a one-stop data shop
Home Secretary Alan Johnson has confirmed that the National Identity Register contains National Insurance numbers and answers to 'shared secrets'.
In a revelation that is likely to intensify the arguments over the privacy implications of the database, Johnson claimed the NI numbers have been included to "aid identity verification checks for identity cards and, in time, passports".
They could also be used to cross-reference the register with other government databases, including tax and benefits.
The answers to shared secrets chosen by applicants will be used to allow them to identity themselves over the phone. Johnson said this method, commonly used by banks, would speed up the reporting of lost or stolen documents or a change of address.
He was responding to a written parliamentary question from shadow home secretary Chris Grayling, asking what information will be held on the National Identity Register which is not held on the UK Passport Database.
Johnson said the information held on both is similar, but that in addition to NI numbers and shared secrets, the register holds fingerprint biometrics, which will be required for passport issue in future, and a unique national identity registration number.
He added that between 20 October and 10 December last year more than 2,400 people had voluntarily enrolled, or made an appointment to enrol, for an identity card.
The Home Office has now begun to require skilled foreign workers to register for ID cards when renewing their visas – three months earlier than it had originally planned. It has estimated that this will lead to an extra 40,000 foreign nationals being issued with the cards each year.
This article was originally published at Kable.
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I want one now!
I was unconvinced about whether or not to voluntarily pay £30 for a card, but then I found this encouraging remark on the application site:
"Please note that you are required by law to keep IPS informed of any changes to your personal information. The guidance notes which accompany the form explain how to do this. If you deliberately choose not to let IPS know that your details have changed, you may have to pay a civil penalty of up to £1,000. Once you update your details, the penalty may be waived."
I'd love to pay £30 for the opportunity to be fined £1000 - it's like a lottery!
So joining up is optional but once in you aren't allowed to leave.
Wonderful choice. Let's see what you get to decide for.
The set of crooks who generated a surplus while occasionally behaving like idiots (who may thus manage to effect at least *some* recovery, or the current set of crooks who have yet to show *anything* positive, and who have generated the largest deficit ever.
Just to clarify the scale of that word "deficit", that's not a "starting from 0" black hole, that's a "starting from a positive balance PLUS raiding everyone's pension funds" type of hole - in the process introducing draconian privacy invading monitoring because they needed to keep an eye out for who was on to them.
BTW, you may have forgotten who came up with the "sleaze" tactic - Mr "You never voted for this man", twice disgraced, definitely-not-deserved-Lord Mandelson.
So well done, intelligent choice. Now go back to reading the Sun, oh, no, they now support the Conservatives too..