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NO2ID gets backing

AN ANTI-ID card group which took to the streets of Solihull to protest against the scheme have been backed by the borough’s Liberal Democrat MP Lorely Burt.

AN ANTI-ID card group which took to the streets of Solihull to protest against the scheme have been backed by the borough’s Liberal Democrat MP Lorely Burt.

Birmingham NO2ID is against the £20billion government initiative which got underway at the end of last year.

And after campaigning against ID cards, the group decided to give residents the chance to show the government their opposition to the National Identity Register.

“The government has shown that it can’t be trusted to keep people’s data safe, so it’s understandable that parents are worried about who will have access to their children’s information,” said Birmingham NO2ID assistant co-ordinator Ghiyas Somra.

Lorely Burt believes the money invested in the scheme could be invested in more productive areas such as strengthening security and controls at entry points to the UK.

“It’s an enormously dangerous scheme because with the amount of computer hacking nobody would be safe from having their personal data stolen or exploited.”

A total of 80 people, including Lorely Burt, added their names to the growing list on Saturday and Mr Somra felt it was a successful day.

“We found people in Solihull were really well

informed about these issues and were keen to show their opposition to government snooping.”

The group usually holds a stall every month in Birmingham city centre, where members of the public are invited to sign a petition opposing ID cards and debate the issue.

It is estimated that the by the end of 2014 identity cards will have been issued to about 90 per cent of foreign nationals in the UK..

They contain personal details, a picture image and fingerprints that can be used to combat crime.

 

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