UK Liberty

ID Card youth forum backfires

Posted in ID Cards, politicians on liberty by ukliberty on July 14, 2008

The Register:

Fresh from its success in selling ID cards to the aviation industry, the Home Office has moved straight on to young people with a ‘have your say’ online forum, mylifemyid.org. The site is fronted by a video of Home Secretary Jacqui Smith getting down with the yoof of Shooters Hill College.

Or at least it was – the site went down for “maintenance” before we got as far as the end of that paragraph. But from memory, we can tell you that the initial response from users has been positive, with comments ranging from (we paraphrase slightly) ‘how can we stop this nightmare scheme’, through ‘you’re going to spin the results of the survey anyway’, to ‘patronising guff.’ …

And,

The Home Office ID card yoof discussion forum has banned users “David Blunkett” and “Jacqui Smith” along with other “inappropriate” comedy logins, while laying a trail of positive comments from shadowy, spookily robotic “students”. Elsewhere in the forum the barracking has intensified since the site’s wobbly launch earlier this week, but in the Shooters Hill discussion section, a grey army of Shooters (Shooter1 onwards) chants its relentless pro-ID card mantra. …

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