Despite the claims of opponents, including the Convention for Modern Liberty, that ID cards are unpopular the latest official research shows that 59% of people actively support our plans to introduce identity cards. Less than a quarter of people disagree with us.
But clearly some people have concerns and we have worked hard to design a system that fully meets human rights, privacy and data handling laws.
We will give the individual full control over their personal information and the reassurance of independent oversight.
The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) has an excellent track record of protecting people’s information and the public can rest assured that we will continue to safely manage their information within the National Identity Scheme (NIS).
It is important to stress that identity cards are already a reality — we started issuing them to foreign nationals last November and will start rolling out voluntary cards in the autumn. More details can be had at www.ips.gov.uk/identity
Chief Executive, Identity and Passport Service