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The film called “Where do they go?” is narrated by Simon Callow and features a paper man who leaves parts of himself in a variety of locations.

Liberty’s accompanying blurb says: “Over the last few years the Government has mislaid a staggering amount of our personal information. In this clever short film, Liberty asks whether they can be trusted with even more data”.

NO2ID UK Reports
79% of Brits think a National ID is a Waste of Money 

A YouGov / Sunday People poll of 1765 adults in the UK has found 

79% of respondents think ID cards are a waste of money. Support for 
the government’s ID scheme has steadily decreased as people find out
more about it – something that has become increasingly difficult as
government spin continues to create confusion amongst the wider public.

Launching the ID scheme is an almost weekly event.
(30th July)

Home Secretary Alan Johnson trooped the proverbial Home Office colour and launched the scheme yet again, this time by showing the world what a piece of plastic looks like. The card was revealed by the Home Secretary at St Pancras International Station in London and it was announced(again) that the card can also be used as a travel document in Europe.

He also announced (again) citizens in the North West will be able to apply for a card in the New Year. Of course what he didn’t announce (again) was that as well as having a plastic card you will have to supply 49 pieces of information that will be stored in centralised databases for life and that you will be locked into a system of fines if they deem this information to be incorrect. The Home Office has released pictures of the new ID card design so that forgers have plenty
of time to make convincing copies.

Prisoners & Children tracked in ISA’s Vulnerable Groups

In October the government will launch its new Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) designed, according to them, “to ensure that anyone who presents a known risk to vulnerable groups is quite simply prevented from working with them”. The scheme will be backed with  

another government database. The Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) will administer the scheme. From July 2010 anyone working with vulnerable groups (such as children and prisoners) will be encouraged to register.  According to the ISA website: “When a person becomes ISA-registered they will be continuously monitored and their status reassessed against any new information which may come to light”.   
The ISA scheme is in addition to Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks, but unlike CRB checks it will become a legal requirement for everyone who is working with specified vulnerable groups to be registered with (and tracked by) the ISA. 
The scheme has been introduced under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups 
Act 2006, which came about after the Bichard Inquiry, recomending” a new scheme under which everyone working with children or vulnerable adults should be checked and registered”. 
The Roadshowpresentation that explains the new scheme states, “Information sharing framework is enshrined in law and is at the heart of the scheme.”