5. IDENTITY CARDS
The British Government thinks identity cards would be a powerful way of fighting
illegal immigration and fraud. It also says the cards would help Britons travelling
abroad. But the scheme is also designed to help stop terrorists an
crime groups using false or multiple identities. The card would contain basic
identification information including a photograph of the cardholder, along with their
name, address, gender and date of birth. But a microchip would also hold
a person's fingerprints, iris image or facial dimensions, which are unique to the
individual. A national database will be created holding the personal information of all those issued with a
card. Some people are very unhappy about the intr
oduction of identity cards. They are worried about the
implication for civil liberties, and concerned about data protection issues.
Explain the words and phrases in the grid below. Use an example for each one and try to fill the box.
How would identity cards help in the fight against terrorism and crime? Give examples.
Why will the introduction of microchip technology, combined with biometrics help to ma
cards more effective?
Think about forgery and searching the national database.
Do you think that the introduction of identity cards is a good idea? In your answer, you should
consider the following areas:
reduction of crime, whether people would carry the card, whether the
hold personal information about us, the right to privacy, and the costs involved.