Article => Cloned e-passports fiasco renews calls for £4.7bn ID card scheme to be axed
Opposition MPs accused the Government last night of being naive in believing that new microchipped passports would be foolproof against criminals involved in identity theft.
After The Times disclosed that new passports could be cloned and manipulated in minutes and would then be accepted as genuine, MPs also gave warning of serious implications for the security of the Government's £4.7 billion identity card scheme.
Opponents of the identity cards said that putting private personal information on a chip in a passport or identity card would make it easier for people to steal a person's life. Phil Booth, national co-ordinator of the No2ID cards campaign, said: “With an ID card or chipped passport, you'll never know who's walking around pretending to be you. The e-passports fiasco illustrates why the National Identity Scheme must be scrapped now.”