Sunday, April 23, 2006

ID cards to include medical details

From the Sunday Times: "IDENTITY cards are to carry medical details, despite repeated government assurances that concerns about privacy meant it would not happen."

Ian Brown was at a meeting during this past week that demonstrated that at least some governments (the French and the Austrians) are talking about a sensible approach to identity architectures. The UK proposals just get progressively sillier, as superficially attractive suggestions which in reality are counterproductive, get whispered in ministers' ears. Has anyone told the Home Office yet about the difficulties being experienced with the £6 billlion NHS IT system? Match these up with the unworkable ID scheme they're planning and you've just got more information chaos.

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