UK government shows off new ID card for foreigners

September 25, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Britain's government is showing off an ID card it says will soon be compulsory for non-European nationals working in the United Kingdom. The government says the new credit-card sized document will bear the holder's name, picture, date of birth, nationality and immigration status.

An electronic chip embedded in the card unveiled Thursday will also carry biometric details such as fingerprints and a digital facial image.

The government says the card will help protect Britain from illegal immigration, identity theft, and terrorism.

Critics say the government cannot be trusted to safely hold its citizens' personal details. Britain has been hit by a series of high-profile data losses in recent months.



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