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How the data will be used

Your identity information will be stored in a secure database called the national identity register.

Information held in this database will be strictly limited, and only Parliament will be able to change the type of data stored there.

The data will only be used to accurately determine your identity.

Government agencies and private businesses will be able to check the information held on the national identity register, in order to help them establish the identity of their customers and staff.  For example, you may be asked to prove your identity when opening a bank account or registering with a doctor.

What the register will hold

The register will contain personal information such as:

  • name
  • address
  • gender
  • date and place of birth
  • immigration status
  • fingerprints
  • facial image

What the register will not hold

It will not include sensitive personal information such as:

  • ethnic origin
  • medical records
  • tax records
  • religious beliefs

Are ID cards a threat to our privacy?

No. The register will only hold the kind of basic personal information about you that is already held by some government departments, along with your biometric information.

The information we would take about you, and what we would do with it, is strictly limited by laws designed to protect you.

Information will only be held for the purposes of proving identity.  Sensitive information like medical records will not be held.

You will have the right to see what information is held about you.

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