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  • Sunday, May 29, 2005

    Analysis finds id cards could cost £300 each

    Apparently, the true costs of Blair & Co's unnecessary and unwanted id card project could top £18 billion. Why don't they pump that money into things that are necessary and wanted, instead of this ridiculous scheme? I'm sure £18 billion could do something good for education and health. The Observer reports:

    The LSE believes the government has grossly underestimated the cost of the technology involved in making the system work. Last week the government estimated the biometric card readers needed to scan the cards would cost £250-£750. 'A more likely figure ... would be in the range of £3,000 to £4,000 per unit,' the report suggests. The report also raises doubts about whether the government is right to assume a 10-year life span for each card. 'All technical and scientific literature indicates that biometric certainty diminishes over time, and it is therefore likely that a biometric - particularly fingerprints and facial features - will have to be re-scanned at least every five years. This cost must be taken into account.'
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