U.K.'s National ID Card Idea Given The Courtesy Of Debate

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Yesterday we learned that people in the U.K. are under the mistaken assumption that a national ID card will reduce identity theft. Today we find out who put that idea in their heads: Tony Blair and friends, who have latched on to ID theft as the latest justification for their ID card proposal. They are now floating a bill that is essentially a rehash of failed bills past. It appears critics are jumping all over it again, mainly because of its huge (and growing) cost. A more dubious problem that is getting less attention is that such a centralized system requiring a single piece of identification will probably make identity thieves’ lives much easier, rather than harder. But unlike the Real ID Act in the U.S., at least U.K. politicians and the public are debating the issue.

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