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A digital ID card scheme might help manage immigration—but is the security risk worth it?

Advocates of the scheme want to set up a "smart border." But we should be wary before handing over so much information to the government

By Dylan Bhundia  

A person has his fingerprints taken at border control. Photo: PA

It seems that ID cards have always been on the political agenda in the UK since World War Two, without ever being important enough to make the leap from an idea to a fully implemented policy. Once again, it has been put back on the political agenda. The Conservative leaning think-tank Policy Exchange have proposed reintroducing a “national IDsystem” in response to the Windrush scandal.

David Goodhart, head of demography, immigration and integration at Policy Exchange, said that…

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