Identity Cards: Information and Communications Technology
Home Department - Written answers and statements, 8 December 2010http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2010-12-08a.28769.h&m=40049#g28769.r0Damian Green (Minister of State (Immigration), Home Office; Ashford, Conservative)
The cost of IT equipment purchased was £6.5 million in respect of the Critical Workers Identity Card and Early Interest Scheme. All IT equipment has been withdrawn from operation as part of the ID card decommissioning activities and securely stored. Assets and IT equipment relating to the National Identity Register require disposal/destruction and IPS will ensure that this happens in line with agreed guidelines.
The secure disposal or re-use of new or nearly-new IT equipment is dependant upon the level of protectively marked material or personal data stored on the system. As our IT equipment is generally managed under contract by our IT service providers, they will manage the re-use or disposal according to central Government security policies. The Home Office has a general policy of sharing, re-use and commonality of IT capabilities, in order to increase efficiency, reduce costs and improve environmental sustainability.
What's the chance that some ID data will be retained somewhere for future use?