On Mon, 31 May 2004, R. A. Hettinga wrote:

> in most European countries, people carry national ID's as a matter of
> course. And pressure is mounting in America for some kind of security card.

Similarly, there is a push for ID cards in the UK at the moment. See
http://www.stand.org.uk/ and http://www.no2id.net/ for more detail. No
doubt the same arguments for and against apply on both sides of the
Atlantic, and it would be good if activists were to share information.

Note that the real danger is not the cards but the database for which they
are a unique key. See just about every issue of RISKS for ways in which
big national databases can go wrong.

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