ID Card's To Remain Unreadable Until 2010

Posted: Apr 8 2009, 11:00am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 1:48pm CDT, in News | Technology News

ID card's to remain unreadable until 2010
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The UK will have no way of reading data stored on issued ID cards until 2010, more than a year after the first cards would have been issued.

This does sound very "what came first the chicken or the egg" to me but Bill Crothers - chief information officer for the Identity and Passport Service has stated that no card readers that are capable of reading the data stored on the UK ID cards will be available until they are introduced at UK Border-entry points next year.This is in spite of 22,500 cards already in circulation since being issued to foreign nationals since 2008. That means currently Police, Job Centres and border entry points cannot read the data stored on the biometric chips currently in use.

The card's chip contains biographical data, as well as facial and fingerprint scans.With no readers in place, police and immigration officers are currently still relying on traditional methods of checking ID cardholders' identity, by running a fresh set of prints against existing identity databases.

Mr Crothers has said that it will be up to other public bodies and private bodies to decide when enough cards have been issued to make it worth investing in the ID card readers to read them.UK nationals will be able to get the cards starting this autumn, when cards will be issued to airport workers in Manchester and London City airports and will be made available to thousands of people living in pilot cities across the UK.


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