However resistance to ID cards and the national or European wide database needed to store all our biometric information is growing. In a recent survey conducted by research company YouGov up to five million people (28%) would take to the streets to demonstrate against ID cards. With 16% saying they would participate in a campaign of civil disobedience, which would equate to around 2.8 million people. One million would be prepared to to go to prison rather than register for the card. Will the state risk another popular revolt along the lines of the poll tax one, but even bigger this time?
Civil rights groups like Privacy International who commissioned the survey believe that the whole ID card scheme could be scuppered by the amount of growing resistance to it. Other people are taking no chances as campaign and resistance groups like Defy-ID and No2ID begin to mobilise against the scheme. If the invasion of privacy by the state demanding and storing our personal biometric information isn't enough, if the thought of being asked for your papers/ID when you walk down the street isn't enough, imagine what use the information could be put to in the future if fascist groups like the BNP ever got their hands on the database!
For an in depth explanation of all the issues I recommend http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/05/05/complete_idcard_guide/.
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