The British government has announced that the ID card will cost £5.4bn to set up and run over the next 10 years.
Pull the other one, it’s got bells on!
The cost to the Home Office might be £5.4bn for 10 years but the real costs will be well above that. Every public body that wants – or has – to take part in the ID database scheme will have to pay for it. They will have to pay for the cost of implementing the scheme, infrastructure, ongoing costs, etc. Every police car will have to have a card reader as will hospitals, doctors surgery’s, dentists, etc. Every time we interact with the state we will have to use our ID cards and we will foot the bill for every state agency, government department and private company that uses it.
NØ2ID estimate the cost at £20bn. I can see it costing that much in the first year, if not more.