Monday, February 27, 2006

Sceptical about Big Brother

Only 52% of people favour ID cards according to a YouGov poll. But out of those interviewed:
  • 80 per cent of YouGov's respondents are convinced that determined criminals and potential terrorists will always find a way of forging the cards
  • More than 70 per cent of those in the survey believe that the proposed national system of cards will be enormously expensive to install and maintain and will certainly cost far more than the Government claims
  • More than 70 per cent are also convinced that some of the data stored on people's cards will inevitably be leaked, sold, hacked into or used improperly in other ways
  • Perhaps because they recall the passport fiasco of the late 1990s, 60 per cent fear that the introduction of cards will be time-consuming and cause an immense amount of disruption and inconvenience
  • Roughly 61 per cent fear that the data on people's cards will sometimes be passed on without proper authorisation to foreign governments and other foreign agencies

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