Government destroys final ID cards data

Summary:The government has disposed of the last data from the National Identity Register at an event to mark the occasion in Essex.Home Office minister Damian Green attended the event at data destruction and recycling company RDC on Thursday.

The government has disposed of the last data from the National Identity Register at an event to mark the occasion in Essex.

Home Office minister Damian Green attended the event at data destruction and recycling company RDC on Thursday. The last 500 disk drives containing the National Identity Register were magnetically wiped, and shredded.

"Laying ID cards to rest demonstrates the government's commitment to scale back the power of the state and restore civil liberties," said Green in a statement.

The coalition government confirmed that it would scrap the National Identity Register in May 2010. The Identity Documents Bill, which discontinued the scheme, received royal assent on 21 December 2010, and cards ceased to be valid legal documents on 22 January, the Home Office said in a statement on Thursday.

ID cards were opposed by a number of groups, including pilots, who vowed to fight compulsory ID cards in court. The British Airline Pilots' Association (Balpa) told ZDNet UK on Thursday that it was pleased the data had been deleted.

"We fought long and hard to ensure that ID cards did not become adopted [for pilots], and we are very happy that today marks the end of that road," a Balpa spokesman said.

Topics: Security

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