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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

European ID Cards?

I just saw a Ministerial Directive reported (although not commented upon) on a public sector IT site. This is by the UK Presidency of the EU, i.e. Tony Blair. It is about the transformation of the public sector using ICT and the many benefits that has for business and individuals, it has been agreed by the 25 member states.

Buried near the end is the proposal (I assume it is still a proposal) for interoperable ID cards across the EU by 2010:

WIDELY AVAILABLE, TRUSTED ACCESS TO PUBLIC SERVICES ACROSS THE EU, THROUGH MUTUALLY RECOGNISED ELECTRONIC IDENTIFICATIONS
By 2010 European citizens and businesses shall be able to benefit from secure means of electronic identification that maximise user convenience while respecting data protection regulations....

The document goes on to talk about the member states working together and sharing best practices and technology. I'm not sure whether the UK consider their project to be best practice, and I'm not sure how I feel about this directive. Surely this provides more of a risk to individuals in this country from foreign states?

You can read the full directive here.

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