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ID database will track NI numbers

The Home Secretary has admitted in a Parliamentary answer that the Identity and Passport Service is collecting National Insurance numbers from every person who applies for an ID card, and storing them on the National Identity Register
NO2ID
7 January 2010

The Home Secretary has admitted in a Parliamentary answer that the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) is collecting National Insurance numbers from every person who applies for an ID card, and storing them on the National Identity Register - the ID card database.

As from next year it will be compulsory to apply for entry on the National Identity Register in order to receive a passport, this means that all passport applicants will also have their NI number collected and stored for life. 

Mr Johnson's answer failed to mention other categories of information, in addition to what is currently recorded on the passport database, that are to be held on the National Identity Register (or a full list of the fifty categories of information that may be held on the National Identity Register, one has only to read Schedule 1 of the Identity Cards Act 2006).

Phil Booth, NO2ID's National Coordinator, said:

The National Identity Scheme has never been about a card - it's about tracking you throughout your life, linking your details by the numbers.

This admission confirms the Home Office's intentions for the scheme. It wants to track you through every government and private database it can - and your NI number's just the start.

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