Britain may have high tech ID cards but without any scanners to read them how good are they? Britain issued the cards to foreign students and the foreign spouses of British citizens last week.
The first British ID cards were issued last week with facial details and fingerprints. There is one slight problem, the government has yet to issue any scanners in which to read them.
The ministry is promising to send out hundreds of electronic readers but has yet to follow through. What’s more there is no word when these scanners will make it to those who are needing them.
That means hospitals, colleges and police forces have to hope that their eyes are good enough to tell the real cards from the fakes.
Last month documents from Home Office revealed that the biometric details can only be cross referenced with the National Identity Register in a minority of cases.