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IFSEC survey reveals majority support for ID cards from security industry.

UBM Live : 21 January, 2008  (Technical Article)
Proposed UK citizen ID card scheme supported by 68% of polled members of the security industry according to IFSEC.
68% of the UK security industry has backed the Government's plans to introduce compulsory ID cards for UK citizens, according to a poll carried out by IFSEC, the world's largest security exhibition. This surprising result comes just a week after Gordon Brown vowed to 'move ahead' with ID cards, subject to a vote in Parliament.

The Government says ID cards will help protect people from identity fraud, tackle illegal immigration, stop people who are not eligible from using public services and disrupt criminal and terrorist activities. The plan has faced strong opposition from rival political parties, the media and human rights activists.

Brian Sims, Editor of influential security magazine Security Management Today comments, "There really should be no objection to a national ID card as long as the information stored is secure, used for the right purposes and doesn't aid the creation of a Big Brother State. We all carry umpteen cards around with us in any case, including bank cards, driving licences and National Insurance cards. Eight out of every ten members of the general public support the idea, and it's great news that the security industry mirrors that opinion. It's true that the cost of implementing the scheme is something of an unknown, but can we afford not to do so in an era when our national security is continually under threat?"

"One need only point to the recent 'scandal' involving Security Industry Authority licences being issued to illegal immigrants and those without a lawful right to work in the UK. If a national ID card had been in place and rigidly enforced then incidents like this, which are hugely damaging to the Government's credibility, could be avoided."

James Blue, Event Director IFSEC, comments, "With the threat of terrorism still high, instances of ID theft rising and the vast extent of illegal immigration in the UK at the moment, it seems more and more people are coming round to the idea of ID cards. Many other European countries already have official ID cards, and it seems the security industry here are behind the scheme."

IFSEC 2008 is the ideal event for anyone interested in further information regarding ID cards, in particular the new RFID & Smartcards area within the exhibition, which will feature an interactive demonstration area showcasing the technology in action across a range of sectors including healthcare, retail, government, universities and transport.

IFSEC 2008 adjoins The Facilities Show and Safety & Health Expo, taking place from 12/13-15 May 2008 at the NEC, Birmingham, UK.
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