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You have your nice biometric ID card - but we can't read it

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You have your nice biometric ID card - but we can't read it

http://www.silicon.com/publicsector/0,3800010403,39391135,00.htm
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The first UK ID cards have already been issued - but no UK police officers or border guards have any way of reading the data stored on them.
Currently no police stations, border entry points or job centres have readers for the card's biometric chip, the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) revealed in response to an FoI (Freedom of Information) request by silicon.com about the £4.7bn identity cards scheme.
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techguy
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Re: You have your nice biometric ID card - but we can't read it

Oh dear
I'd have thought that, at a push they'd have issued chip and pin readers with modified software.
Thunderclap
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Re: You have your nice biometric ID card - but we can't read it

As they often say in the world of public sector I.T.
Embarrassed Sorry, that essential part of the system wasn't in our budget. 


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Re: You have your nice biometric ID card - but we can't read it

It's a good system to keep your identity secure then Crazy
techguy
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Re: You have your nice biometric ID card - but we can't read it

Yes indeed, 100% secure
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Re: You have your nice biometric ID card - but we can't read it

Until the data is put on a couple of CD's and lost in the post Smiley
techguy
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Re: You have your nice biometric ID card - but we can't read it

True, governments have access to communications systems we can only dream of so why put info on disks and ship it around?
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Re: You have your nice biometric ID card - but we can't read it

not only are these swine going to force these unwanted id cards on us, they are going to charge us more than £30!!!
James
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Re: You have your nice biometric ID card - but we can't read it

Cheaper than a passport though!
Can believe they charge £70 odd for one Sad
techguy
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Re: You have your nice biometric ID card - but we can't read it

Bearing in mind how unpopular these cards are I'd have thought they'd have been a bit more cunning and used a solution based on a device a lot of us carry around quite happily.
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Re: You have your nice biometric ID card - but we can't read it

I don't have a problem with the concept of ID cards for British citizens, just having to pay for them.
techguy
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Re: You have your nice biometric ID card - but we can't read it

Agree there, I mean we've already paid to build the system haven't (probably several times over)
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Re: You have your nice biometric ID card - but we can't read it

Quote from: Jameseh
Cheaper than a passport though!

I know .. mine expires in 3 years time.
Dread to think how much one will cost then .. I'd better start saving for my next one now.
techguy
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Re: You have your nice biometric ID card - but we can't read it

I'll have to save my current one when it expires in a couple of years as the new ones are just a card aren't they?
Lurker
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Re: You have your nice biometric ID card - but we can't read it

How does one stamp a plastic card with a visa stamp effectively?
Or another way, how effective would a card be once it has various visa stickers all over it?
At risk of labouring the point, how useful would a machine-readable passport device be in a country where they can't even afford conveyors for your luggage, and there is only one computer for all the check in desks, and you have to wait an interminable amount of time for them to print your flight vouchers?
Passports follow an international design standard for a reason...