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UK people - if you don't want to end up on a national identity register that's unsafe, that'll be available to every company in the country eventually, that you'll be responsible for making sure is up to date, that IT people who'd have to produce the database don't believe can be done securely, and that is prone to enormous systematic abuse by either occasional users or a future eeevil government, probably best to renew your passport next month or you'll be stuck in the country for a while.

renew for freedom - MAY 2006 - renew your passport

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a_pawson
Apr. 20th, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC)
No need to rush out during May. You have until the end of 2008 to renew it before you will be required to give up biometric data.
pickwick
Apr. 20th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
Fair point. From October new applicants for a passport will have to go to an official interview and so on, and it's perfectly possible the Home Office could change the rules any time too. But the main reason they're saying May, I believe, is to flood the passport office and make it an official protest, but without mucking up people's summer holidays.
a_pawson
Apr. 20th, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC)
As a protest it makes sense. I fear it is all too late though, now the bill has got through parliament, I doubt much can stop the government's ID card crusade.
jestive
Apr. 20th, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
Just because a bill has gone through parliament that doesn't mean it can't be stopped.
a_pawson
Apr. 20th, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC)
No, but it makes it a lot less likely.
pickwick
Apr. 20th, 2006 04:16 pm (UTC)
I'm wondering how to encourage a geek strike - most of the IT people I know are against it, so if every geek in the country could just refuse to start up or maintain the database, they wouldn't have a chance! Or they'd outsource it, more probably.
a_pawson
Apr. 20th, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC)
All major government contracts go out to tender, software development is no exception. Given the way things are going at the moment, it is quite possible this database could be developed overseas in somewhere like India. Increasing numbers of companies are moving IT to that part of the world. Although developing such a sensitive database as this might be too tough a political pill to swallow.
pickwick
Apr. 20th, 2006 05:00 pm (UTC)
Seeing as they don't seem to agree with us about the sensitive nature of the database, I can't see that being a deal-breaking problem. Hmmm.
lordofthewheel
Apr. 20th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
So, not too biased there or anything, are we :-p
arborophile
Apr. 21st, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)
There was an interesting item at Eastercon about surviellence, from ID cards to chips in everything, can see when this starts it being very expensive[the whole having to get a new one if hair colour changes!]:(
mind_expander
Apr. 25th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
This geek for one is not only striking but also biting, kicking, gouging, scratching, screaming and pulling hair.
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