ID Card scheme to be scrapped next year?


The privacy invading nonsense that is the controversial UK ID Card Scheme could be scrapped by this time next year. With the chances of the Labour Party being returned to power looking very slim indeed, the chances are that a Conservative Government will be voted in. Which is good news for privacy campaigners as the Shadow Home Secretary, Chris Grayling MP, has confirmed that his party will scrap the ID Card Scheme if and when it gets elected.

The suppliers which have been bidding for the contracts to provide ID Cards have all been contacted by Mr Grayling who has warned them to not bother with further contract negotiations as the plans will be kicked to the kerb when the Tories win the general election.

In a statement on the Conservative Party website, Grayling says "we intend to scrap the ID card project as one of our first acts if we are successful at the election" adding a warning about making contractual arrangements with the current Government by stating "I want to make the contractors absolutely aware that we do not intend to complete this work."

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A freelance technology journalist for 30 years, I have been a Contributing Editor at PC Pro (one of the best selling computer magazines in the UK) for most of them. As well as currently contributing to, The Times and Sunday Times via Raconteur Special Reports, SC Magazine UK, Digital Health, IT Pro and Infosecurity Magazine, I am also something of a prolific author. My last book, Being Virtual: Who You Really are Online, which was published in 2008 as part of the Science Museum TechKnow Series by John Wiley & Sons. I am also the only three times winner (2006, 2008, 2010) of the BT Information Security Journalist of the Year title, and was humbled to be presented with the ‘Enigma Award’ for a ‘lifetime contribution to information security journalism’ in 2011 despite my life being far from over...