Jan 222011
 January 22, 2011  Posted by  Featured News, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Phil Muncaster reports:

The much criticised ID cards scheme is finally dead and buried after the government revealed on Friday that any cards issued can no longer be used to prove identity or travel within Europe.

A brief statement on the Home Office web site explained that the final nail in the coffin would come “within days” when the National Identity Register, the database designed to hold the card details, will be destroyed.

“Laying ID cards to rest demonstrates the government’s commitment to scale back the power of the state and restore civil liberties,” said home office minister Damian Green.

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