Magazine article The Spectator

ID Cards Are Attractive

Magazine article The Spectator

ID Cards Are Attractive

Article excerpt

Sir: It is nothing short of cynical scaremongering to claim identity cards will put vulnerable women and children at risk, as the No2ID advert does.

It is a fact that the scheme will use security protections as good as some military databases, with criminal penalties of up to two years imprisonment for abuse. Where someone's details are considered especially sensitive, or make that person vulnerable, their identity can be given additional levels of protection.

Civil penalties would never be levied against someone with mitigating circumstances for failing to update their details, but I believe most people will want accurate information because of the benefits they will bring.

In the circumstance portrayed in the advert, we would work with such a woman, or the organisation providing her with sheltered housing, to find a mutually agreeable, thirdparty address for her to use. …

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