25 October 2005
How ID cards and a national register work in Sweden.
This is from open-democracy, and it makes a far more detailed case for ID cards and a national register, than I have so far. It looks at how it works so well in Sweden and how Swedish people see the National Register and ID card as a right not an intrusion. For example, benefits are automatically sent to those entitled whether they have claimed them or not. Everyone is compulsorily registered at birth or when they enter the country. They all have a personal register number and the administration savings are significant. I implore all of you to read this article to see how ID cards can be of benefit. Even Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, acknowledges that her European partners who campaign on liberty issues, do not wish to see ID cards removed. Those campaigning on liberty issues in Europe who have ID cards, ask her why she is so against them. This says it all really.
Labels: Crime And Security