As many people have already pointed out, today's debacle shows just how vulnerable a centralised idenity database would be. NO2ID is calling for all government 'identity management' initiatives to be stopped until a full audit of all personal information on government systems has been conducted.
Phil Booth, NO2ID's National Coordinator, said:
"This data disaster shows up the madness behind the government’s ID schemes. People had no choice about giving up that information. It makes the government the biggest identity thief of all.
“It’s bad enough that HMRC can’t be trusted with basic financial details. But within five years the Home Office could be leaking or losing people’s complete identity records. And ‘data-sharing’ plans would make your whole life depend on government ID management. If you are not on their list, you won’t exist.
“Development of the National Identity Scheme should stop now. But more than that – we all need to know what information the government holds about us now, how it is already being shared among departments, and what the dangers are. That will only happen if there is a full and independent audit of what personal information is currently collected and the ways it is used.” (NO2ID)