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NIS Options Analysis Outcome

NIS Options Analysis Outcome



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Far from "building on",this is a radical change ofstrategy involvingabandoning the passportas the primary enrolmentroute. Why has it not beenannounced? Do ministerseven know? Their state-ments come across aslying (if they do), orclueless (if not).i.e. this document, or thecontent of it, is known bysenior officials in ALL ofthese agenciesWere these not defined bythe primary legislation, theIdentity Cards Act 2006?!The four 'propositions' areconsidered in terms ofmarketing, not theprimary motivations ofthe schemeSomething the US-VISITscheme has singularlyfailed to do, despitedealing with far smallervolumes than passthrough UK borders eachyearNote the tone, and askyourself who is "I" in thissentence?Note again that "I" won'tbe the individual citizen.
won't be able tocheck each other's IDcards, but must trustthat someone else has(and that the systemworks)
This document, annotated by NO2ID -
, relates to the previously-leaked 'NIS Delivery Strategy -Aligning strategy and delivery' PowerPoint presentation. Although an undated printout, this document is thereforelikely to reflect official thinking towards the end of 2007, possibly as late as the end of December 2007. Referencesto "the Crosby report" (Sir James Crosby's report of the 'Public Private Forum on Identity', commissioned by GordonBrown in late 2006) strongly imply that the earliest date this document could have been written would be the end ofthe summer of 2007, when a draft of the Crosby report was first circulated.
"make life easier" - forwhom? This must refer tothe Objectives appendix,which makes it pretty clearit is not the public's easethat is being considered."Read" is an interestingchoice of word. It impliesdata collection atborders, rather thanmerely verification/approval of documentslocally, which is whatsecurity expertsrecommend - and thetraditional function ofpassports. The schemein other words posits thecard will function as atracking device, inaddition to being acredential.What benefits? The ordinarytraveller gets nothing extrafrom having a different sortof document approved atthe border.Expect further appeals topublic fears, particularlyabout safety of children(banned in commercialadvertising!)
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The "Trusted Relationshipsmodel" is still about policingand security, but delegated toemployers. Individuals will beable to do little more thansimply look at a card.Indication that droppingfingerprints is beingconsidered for some groups.This blows apart thegovernment's whole case forthe ID scheme, which restson 'biometrically securing'personal information andpreventing multiple /fraudulent applicationsthrough biometric cross-checkingi.e. targeting the mostvulnerable and dependenton the state first.i.e. "joined up government",which would depend onmassive additionalexpenditure and buy-in acrossmultiple departments. Themost distant prospect.Which the market alreadyprovides... including HomeOffice-backed proof of agecards (the PASS scheme)!The Crosby report is clearlyinfluencing strategy - or atleast the marketing of thescheme. Why hasn't itbeen published yet?Which seem unlikely unlesscompulsion or coercion areused, hence "extremely highdelivery risk".Appalling euphemism ora complete lack ofhistorical knowledge:most of the ID schemesacross Europe wereimposed or vastlyexpanded under Nazi orSoviet occupation, or a'home grown' dictator."High take-up" is anartifact of pastauthoritarianism, not'citizen benefits'i.e. employers are to be recruitedas involuntary police, and bear(uncosted) burdens of creatingcompliance. Policy of frighteningemployers about consequences ofnot checking ID has alreadystarted.'TransformationalGovernment' sounds likegovernment is changingitself when, in fact, it ischanging YOU.Are there any actualexamples outside theconsultants's scenarios?Estonia? - a very differentarchitecture. They may bethinking of Malaysia withstarry-eyes; but there themulti-function card is veryseldom used save undergovernment mandate.People don't trust it.
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Note the concern to "set thetone" - everything hinges onhow the scheme is sold tothe public. Note also theword "carries", whichministers have repeatedlyinsisted is not the intention.Which conflicts with thefact that the Home Officeis starting with 'ID cardsfor foreigners' (actuallybiometric residence andwork permits for somenon-EEA foreign nationals).Which will cost far morethan the projected costs ofthe central ID scheme itself.This paragraph is key. N.B."HMT thinking" may refer tothe Treasury's 'CitizenInformation Project' thatwas quietly merged with theHome Office ID schemeshortly after the passing ofthe Identity Cards Act 2006.Explicit mention of link toCRB checks. The "trustedrelationship" group will atsome point thereforeinclude teachers, nurses,carers, maybe volunteers -who must submit to life-long enrollment on theNational Identity Registeror lose their livelihood.The unions might justhave something to sayabout this...Which is the precise timelineshown in the 'NIS DeliveryStrategy' PowerPoint, dated20th December 2007.In other words, the plan isto issue people with low-grade, fundamentallyinsecure ID cards (howsecure will people be toldthey are?) and only latertry to improve them. If thetechnology works. And ifit doesn't cost too much.These 'delivery options'are all about getting asmany people onto the IDdatabase as possible, asquickly as possible -without giving a stuffabout genuine citizenbenefits or security,except as marketing.Contrary to assurances,the scheme is about
 getting people to carry the card
- "voluntarily".Cf. Andy Burnham: "Itake the view that it ispart of being a goodcitizen, proving who youare, day in day out."This is a novelconstitutional model.The terminology hints atthe direction of thought:citizens (and their rights)are embedded somewherewithin and underneath thetechnological schemata.Notably none of the designprinciples relates to privacyor control for the subject.People don't feature ashaving rights, or as ownersof their identity. At bestthey are bystanders andoccupiers of marketsegments.

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