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The first step on the road to a pan-European identity e-card

On Friday I wondered why the EC hadn’t announced its digital identity Regulation before the end of May, as had been expected. “The best and most cynical time would be on this coming Monday or Tuesday,” I suggested, “when the entire UK will be involved in self-absorbed naval contemplation during the Jubilee celebrations.”

Guess what. That’s exactly what it did. The EC’s new Regulation “on electronic identification and trusted services for electronic transactions in the internal market” was announced on the UK’s bank holiday Jubilee Monday.

Over the next few months they’ll tell us it isn’t this and it isn’t that. But it’s exactly that. It is the first essential rung on the ladder to a European-wide electronic identity system. And once we take that first step, the rest will be inevitable.

Forget about the Blair/Brown national ID card – the EU is planning a pan-European identity e-card for all of us. We must not let them do this.

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