Tuesday, April 13, 2004

The rage to copy the United States in badly-understood ways gathers new labour pace. In Open Democracy a good article by Godfrey Hodson points out that the so-called British FBI proposal is actually " more like a French-style gendarmerie nationale. But Britain’s Eurosceptic and Francophobe press (much of it owned by Rupert Murdoch, a US citizen) would make that politically impossible to create."
Thoughts too on the Identity card propsals muddying their way forwards. Thanks to Peter Black AM for this link to STAND.ORG which has the essential questions to ask ID card enthusiasts. There is a campaign brewing against biometric data on Passports, which (let's remind ourselves) will be compulsory for all passports presented for entry into the USA from October.

Projected cost for UK ID cards is 6 thousand million pounds. Privacy International suggest some other ways of spending this kind of money.

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