Do you want Snappy Snaps to have your private personal info?
That’s because they’re among the companies that the government are aiming to charge with the task of collecting data when voluntary ID cards are introduced later in the year. The scheme (and it is a scheme) will be piloted in Manchester with the city’s residents applying online before attending the Passport Office in order to have their photo taken for their ID card.
But once the ID cards are rolled out across the country, post offices, pharmacies and photographic shops will be doing the work instead, which has led to fears that, as more personal information is collected, there will be a greater chance that it will fall into the wrong hands.
The government are determined to press ahead with the introduction of ID cards, claiming it will help in the fight against criminals, illegal immigrants, terrorists, rabid ghosts and out-of-control robot prostitutes.
Helpfully, to reiterate just how real the terrorist threat is, some new stop and search figures have just been released. Stop and searches under section 44 of the counter-terror legislation rose from 37,197 in 2006-07 to 117,278 in 2007-08. The number of black people stopped under these powers rose by 322%, compared with an increase of 277% for Asian and 185% for white people. In the London area policed by the Met, eight out of the 8,222 people searched were arrested for terrorist-related activities.
Don’t have nightmares Britain. Seriously, don’t – there’s really no need to at all. Unless you belong to an ethnic minority of course.