Where do you stand on ID cards/chips?

  PC Advisor 15:37 03 Jul 14
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If you could have a chip implanted or carry around an ID card that meant you never again had to prove your ID, remember logins and passwords and so on, would you do it?

Answer in our poll and share your thinking below.

  csqwared 16:04 03 Jul 14

As ever - a very emotive subject. Having voted 'Yes' I still have reservations as to the security aspects of such a measure. There seems to be a very healthy trade in faked/cloned passports/credit cards etc. and unless it could be guaranteed that such activities were curtailed I would prefer to stay as I am. Hopefully technology will find a way to surmount these problems but I envisage a very difficult path.

  Aitchbee 16:18 03 Jul 14

A free-travel-bus-pass 'implant' might speed up journeys [a little bit] but overall I think that these shortcuts are just a slippery slope to hell.

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  Aitchbee 16:23 03 Jul 14

MechKB 2 ... you'll need at least six-million-dollars ....

  Woolwell 17:14 03 Jul 14

I carried an ID card for years so don't see a problem with it.

  bumpkin 17:52 03 Jul 14

An ID card yes, an implant out of the question.

  flycatcher1 19:06 03 Jul 14

Woolwell . Me too 348129 issued June 1948. No problem with ID cards as long as their issue and use is tightly controlled. I no longer travel abroad but find my passport very useful for identity confirmation , Driving Licence ditto.

  wee eddie 19:13 03 Jul 14

ID Card - No problem.

ID Chip - No problem.

Can't see what all the fuss is about

  Forum Editor 19:49 03 Jul 14

All of us have been asked for some form of ID at various times, even if it's a Passport to enter and/or leave a country.

I really don't see anything wrong with having a specialised ID card, as long as it doesn't become a legal requirement that I carry it at all times. I still believe that I should be allowed to move freely around in my own country without having to identify myself to the authorities.

And that's where the problems arise - if I can do it, so can anyone else, and not everyone has as much right to be here as me, or is as harmless as me when it comes to posing a threat to society.

Sooner or later, like it or not, compulsory ID cards or chips will be with us.

  bumpkin 21:21 03 Jul 14

I would rather foreigners steal my ID card than cut out an implant which is the sort of thing they would do.

  Aitchbee 22:19 03 Jul 14

Implants? ... I reckon [as the ID market picks up] that [in the near future] plastic surgery procedures will become routine and as-cheap-as-chips. BOGOF!

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