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UK: Identity cards won't be compulsory for Britons

UK: Identity cards won't be compulsory for Britons

Britain's interior minister says new national identity cards will never be made compulsory for Britons _ a major policy reversal.
Home Secretary Alan Johnson said Tuesday that British citizens won't be required to have a cards once they're widely introduced from 2012.
Britain's government says the cards will help prevent terrorism and identity fraud. Critics say the 5.1 billion pounds ($8.3 billion) plans are too costly and infringe on civil liberties.
The credit-card sized document will include biographical data and biometric details like fingerprints and a facial image.
People from outside the European Union who arrive in Britain to work, or who need to extend working visas, will still be required to have a card.


Updated : 2021-04-14 23:14 GMT+08:00