Legal fight over ID cards secrecy begins

Bill Goodwin writes in Computer Weekly:

Government lawyers this week began a legal battle to prevent the publication of confidential reports into the feasibility of the £5.4bn ID cards programme.

The Office of Government Commerce, a Treasury agency, is pitting itself against the information commissioner in a five-day hearing that will determine whether it has the right to withhold the reports from public scrutiny.

Sarah Arnott, writing in Computing, also covers the story:

The Liberal Democrats, whose request for the ID card Gateway reports in January 2005 started the debate, say public scrutiny is of paramount importance.

‘The more the government evades scrutiny, the more public suspicion will grow that it is an unwieldy, wasteful and unnecessary project,’ said home affairs spokesman Nick Clegg.