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Missing ID: Public Meeting on UK ID Card

Wednesday, May 19, 2004 - 13:30 to 17:00
The Old Theatre, London School of Economics Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE

The government has introduced draft legislation for a national identity card. The card system will cost at least £3 billion and is likely to become an essential part of life for everyone residing in the UK.

If the draft legislation is accepted by Parliament, everyone will be required to register for a card. Biometric scans of the face, fingers and eye will be taken. Personal details will be stored in a central database. A unique number will be issued that will become the basis for the matching of computer systems.

The proposed card may be required to access vital public services and to receive benefits. The government proposes to enforce the programme through numerous new criminal and civil offenses, including provision for unlimited financial penalty and up to ten years' imprisonment.

The implications for everyone in the UK are far-reaching.

Join us at this important meeting to hear from key figures in the fields of law, politics, security, technology and human rights. Decide for yourself whether this is a plan that should be supported.

The meeting is free of charge to members of the public.


Welcome. Simon Davies, London School of Economics


The Rt. Hon David Davis MP, Shadow Home Secretary


David Winnick MP. Labour, Member of the Home Affairs Committee
Simon Thomas MP, Plaid Cymru, Chair, Environmental Audit Committee
Lord Phillips of Sudbury


Q&A with audience


David Cameron MP, Shadow Leader of the Commons
Dr Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary General, Muslim Council of Britain
Mark Oaten MP, Lib-Dem Home Affairs spokesman


Q&A with audience


Tony Bunyan, Director, Statewatch
Karen Chouhan, Executive Director, 1990 Trust
Shami Chakrabarti, Director, Liberty


Q&A with audience


Roger Smith, Director, JUSTICE
Paul Whitehouse, former Chief Constable, Sussex Police
Peter Williamson, President of the Law Society


Q&A with audience


Professor Ross Anderson, Cambridge University
Jonathan Bamford, Assistant Information Commissioner


Q&A with audience


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Organised by Privacy International in association with: Liberty, Statewatch,, The 1990 Trust, The Foundation for Information Policy Research, and The Register.

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