ID think twice about it

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Following the negative reception to recent data losses the public are yet to warm to the idea of ID cards. Leaked reports (can they not keep their hands on anything?) suggest that the rollout will start in 2012, two years later than anticipated.

The government still claims that ID cards will be voluntary for EU nationals, but (other) leaked documents suggest that by 2010 anyone wanting a student loan will need to be registered with a biometric card - essentially making students guinea pigs.

It can hardly inspire confidence that the day after this information came out it was reported that details of 1,400 Scottish students went missing. Add these to the three million on the learner driver database, 25 million people on the child benefit lists, and 600,000 Royal Navy contacts, all of which have gone missing over the last year.