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BBC parrots identity cards fluff

Posted in ID Cards by ukliberty on May 28, 2008

A rubbish article from the BBC:

The new ID cards will, it is true, be much harder to forge than a bank statement, or even a driving licence.


You know that to be true even though the system has yet to be developed and deployed?

Without even outlining (god forbid, discussing) the contexts in which a forgery might be used?

The two go hand in hand, after all.

It will be a bit of plastic with a chip on it. Well-resourced criminals will obtain blanks or those issued to other people.  What might be more difficult is putting convincing information on it.  But certainly sufficient to, say, prove your age, or collect a parcel (two examples on the IPS website).

They will include unique fingerprint information and facial scans.

“Facial scans”?

Or in normal English, “digitally stored photographs”?

Question for legal eagles: did the BBC researchers commit an offence when they ordered a fake driving licence? I’m thinking particularly of s25(5) of the Identity Cards Act 2006.

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  1. Watching Them, Watching Us said, on May 29, 2008 at 12:16 am

    Driving Licences are not yet “Designated Documents” under the Identity Cards Act 2006, but they could easily become so, simply by Order.

    There is no point in designating these documents, or even Passports, until the first part of the National Identity Register is created, for issuing ID Cards to non-EU foreigners (who must already have their own passports and visas or even biometric Asylum and Resettlement Cards) and, “airport workers”, who already have lots of incompatible “security documents” which will not be replaced by the additionall National ID Card (which will not, for example be able to be used in contactless door entry systems)

    This is all vaguely threatened for some time in 2009 (a date which has already slipped several times).

    It may be that the company selling these fake ID documents “for novelty use” might be prosecuted under the Fraud Act 2006 or for copyright violations.

  2. Article in the Register said, on May 29, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Four people have been arrested after the BBC bought a driving licence and utility bills in the name of Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.

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