Never Saw That Once Coming.
For years British civil servants have been pushing an ID card scheme, and it seems that when each government knocks it back that the civil servants merely retreat for a more suitable occasion to raise their pet project.
So it should come as no surprise that the existing ID card scheme really isn’t up to much and will have to be changed by 2012, as the Register reports:
“A lack of online functionality has however been an obvious weakness of the ID scheme from the outset, so this is more a case of the Home Office belatedly recognising this than of technological evolution.
But the mooted 2012 upgrade presents the Home Office with some problems. ID cards are valid for ten years, and were originally costed – highly optimistically – to have a ten year lifespan. The cost of replacing the 10,000 that the Home Office says will shortly be in circulation won’t be that great, but obviously the more popular the Home Office makes ID cards, the more expensive it’s going to be to recall them.”>