I am writing to express my concerns about the government's plans to introduce ID cards and a national database of the whole population.
I believe the Bill with these plans in receiving its second reading in the House of Commons on Tuesday 28th June 2005 and I would like to ask that you vote against the Bill as the introduction of ID cards and a national database of the whole population will prove to be socially divisive, a tool for racists; restrict freedom of movement; increase stop and search of members of the ethnic minorities.
ID cards and a national database of the whole population will also be white elephant as Charles Clarke admits they will not stop terrorism or illegal immigration, this we know because criminals and terrorists do not play by the rules as they proved ion their attacks on New York, Washington and Madrid.
ID cards will also fail to prevent identity theft but could increase it by linking all information of an individual to one number or database.
As you will know Biometrics are far from "perfect" the inconvenience of errors and mismatches mean people risk becoming an 'unperson' and as you will know this government has history of IT failure (CSA collapse, passport delays, etc)
Above I have highlighted just some of the flaws of the government’s plans to introduce ID cards and a national database of the whole population. I strongly urge you to vote against the Bill and ask that you sign Early Day Motion 263, against Identity Cards.
If you have any questions or queries over my points then please do not hesitate to contact me.