Twee nieuwsberichten uit het Verenigd Koninkrijk deze week die tot nadenken stemmen. Het eerste is dat bewakingscamera's zelden bijdragen tot het oplossen van misdrijven, het tweede dat een band op ludieke wijze gebruik heeft gemaakt van bewakingscamera's om hun videoclip op te nemen.
The concerns of privacy campaign NO2ID  are vindicated by the statement of the outgoing head of the CPS who has slammed the paranoia and fear driving the government's attempts to create a database-powered surveillance state. NO2ID welcomes and supports his remarks as just the latest warning from a high profile figure repudiating the government's totalitarian approach .
Meg Hillier MP this morning used the launch of National ID Fraud Protection Week to reiterate dubious claims that the National Identity Scheme ('ID cards') would help prevent identity fraud. The minister's irrelevant spinning contrasts with the sensible prescriptions offered by industry figures on the same press release – such as, "Preventing ID fraud is mainly about good housekeeping" (the Post Office's head of security).
Meg Hillier, Labour Minister for Identity, has claimed that children as young as 14  may be given ID cards under government plans. This is a U-turn on assurances given to MPs and the public when the legislation was passed, but there are powers buried in the Identity Cards Act that allow the Home Secretary to do it by regulation.