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    I am the owner and managing director of Information Automation Limited (IAL), a company that specialises in research, consultancy and training for the information profession. We are particularly interested in all forms of electronic information resources (e-journals, e-books, etc) and I teach a course in electronic publishing at the Department of Information Studies in Aberystwyth. Drilling down still further(!), my interests centre on the quality and evaluation of electronic information, and in the thinking that underpins activities in library and information science.


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    Thursday, March 06, 2008

    Quick Update on UK ID Cards

    The Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, was interviewed on ID Cards a few moments ago on Radio 4's 'Today Programme' - apparently students are going to be among the first targetted groups...

    We were assured that there would be no compulsion within the life of this government, but Jacqui Smith did NOT address questions on:
    • bad data - what happens if data are incorrectly entered, etc - how will this inconvenience individuals having their ID checked?
    • the sharing of data in the National Identity Register with other government agencies
    She avoided responding to a question about whether it would look suspicious if you chose not to have an ID card...

    ... and nobody mentioned the cost!

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