Well it had to eventually be bought up again, the Attorney-General Philip Ruddock has suggested that we need a National ID Card. While it is interesting that the Liberal’s stopped a similar idea in the 1980s when Labour wanted to bring it in it is more interesting how the Government treats our personal details.
Now I actually don’t think introducing the ID card is really a big issue (or even linking it to terrorism, like that is really going to stop anyone). We already basically have an id card, be it a driver’s license, passport, Medicare Card or concession card (student or otherwise).
No Mr Ruddock is missing the real point, or at least hiding it in plain view: A lot of people say an ID card would be dreadful, that this would enable the Government to have access to a wider range of information and you wouldn’t want to trust government with all of that information. I would simply say that government obtains all that information . . . now.
The government already has all this information on you! In the past government departments didn’t share most of their data, they protected it (sometimes more by ineptitude than design) however now with better technology and ‘special’ agreements your information is widely available.
The real issue is not the ID card but the information that is already been held and its use. Maybe the ID card isn’t such a bad idea if we get real safe guards. For example shouldn’t we be able to see who accessed our information (and not under a costly Freedom of Information request). Shouldn’t we be able to at any time request to see all data held on us? You’d be surprised how much is wrong, the Depart. of Immigration uses police databases and based on this locks citizens up.
No the real issue isn’t the ID card. I’d even support the ID if we had real safe guards and remove the need for the other id cards while you are at it, we might as well get something out of this.