Travelling through the Peak District this weekend, bored with the charts and Radio One, I flicked over to my favourite early morning station – Radio Four.  Not exactly the kind of revelation I’d normally share with the world, but hear me out on this one……

Caught a repeated program about biometrics which was discussing the proposed (and flawed) government scheme.  Why flawed?  Well because it is technically difficult to positively confirm someone’s ID using the proposed methods, even more so under the pressures of keeping people moving through a busy airport.  The better solution was using Iris recognition, but for whatever reason this was discounted in favour of fingerprinting.

Of more interest was the fact that when Alan Johnson was proudly displaying his ID card, a member of the audience (Dr Edgar Whitley) noted that the information on the card included Name, Date of Birth, and Place of Birth.  Following this, it was relatively easy to apply for a copy of the birth certificate, which then gives other pertinent pieces of information – i.e. mothers maiden name.

How ironic that the very scheme intended to protect our identity will in fact have the potential to compromise it – and all because the government failed to scrutinise process properly.  Of course, the justification for this will be based on the fear of a black market in gouged eyeballs. Lets see what the election brings………