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Identity card technologies: scientific advice, risk and evidence

This publication was published under the 2005 to 2010 Labour government

This document contains the following information: Government reply to the sixth report from the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, HC 1032 session 2005-06.

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Identity card technologies: scientific advice, risk and evidence the Government reply to the sixth report from the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, HC 1032 session 2005-06

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This document contains the following information: Identity card technologies: scientific advice, risk and evidence the Government reply to the sixth report from the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, HC 1032 session 2005-06.

This is a government reply to HCP 1032, session 2005-06 (ISBN 0215030478) and sets out a number of replies to the issues raised in the original report, specifically concerning the ways in which scientific advice, risk and evidence are being managed in relation to technologies that are continually developing. Government replies cover some of following areas, including: the need for further stakeholder involvement; consultations on scientific and technical issues by the Home Office, and how that has been incorporated into the identity card scheme; the issue of personal data, and what will be revealed; a timetable for the publication of the technical specifications, defining the procurement processes and stages; the Committee’s recommendation for an ICT Assurance Committee to review the information and communications technology by academics and industry experts; the government response to the LSE report on the cost of the scheme; a general need for the Home Office to increase clarity and transparency across the identity card programme.

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