U-turn cuts risks of ID card scheme

Bill Goodwin writes in Computer Weekly:

The Home Office was quick to deny a u-turn when it published its new Strategic Action Plan just before Christmas.

But it is clear that the national identity cards project will now be radically different, and simpler, than originally envisaged. In the words of one industry commentator, “It is a u-turn of giant proportions.”

Out go plans for a purpose-built population database and proposals to record the iris patterns of 60 million people. And the timetable for the mass roll out of ID cards has been quietly moved from 2008 to 2010.

In a related article, Goodwin writes:

The revised ID cards scheme is central to government plans to share data across government departments