Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Good news for adults

If you're over 18, here’s some good news – or at least a temporary reprieve (until ID Cards become compulsory):

A £400m scheme put forward by the chancellor, Gordon Brown, to create a new national population database dubbed a building block of the "surveillance society" was finally killed off yesterday...

The aim of the project, which was to go live in 2008, was to create a "master list" of everybody's name, address, date of birth, sex and a personal identifying number which could be shared across the public sector.

On the other hand, if you’re under 18, it makes not a ha’porth of difference. Pilots of the ‘Children’s Index’ are just beginning, and the Index will be ‘rolled out’ (as they say) across England by 2008. It will cover everyone from birth, do all of the things on the above “master list” – with added extras of the name and address of the child’s GP and details of their education provider.

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