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Identity cards, identity databases, biometric passports and compulsion: some clarifications

Whitley, Edgar A. and Hosein, Gus (2010) Identity cards, identity databases, biometric passports and compulsion: some clarifications. British Politics and Policy at LSE (15 Apr 2010). Blog Entry.

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ID cards are a key point of difference between the main parties. Both the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives have pledged to scrap them, while Labour will continue with their plans to introduce them. The LSE Identity Project has been following developments in the UK’s Identity Policy since the early days of the Identity Cards Bill in 2005. Here, Dr Edgar A. Whitley and Dr Gus Hosein from the LSE Identity Project analyse the Labour Party’s manifesto comment on identity cards. What’s the difference between “scrapping identity cards”, “scrapping the National Identity Register” and “scrapping the next generation of biometric passports”? Different opposition parties have slightly different versions of what they claim they will do if elected. The common ground is that all the opposition parties say that they will scrap “identity cards”.

Item Type: Website (Blog Entry)
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Additional Information: © 2010 The Authors
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Research centres and groups > Information Systems and Innovation Group
Departments > Management
Collections > British Politics and Policy at LSE
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2012 11:53
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2017 11:13

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