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Brits vote to require passport applicants to get national IDs

Think civil liberties are under fire in America? Take a trip to the UK, where Parliament just voted to make registration for national biometric ID cards required when applying for passports.

Think civil liberties are under fire in America? Take a trip to the UK, where Parliament just voted to make registration for national biometric ID cards required when applying for passports.

MPs voted, by a majority of 51, in favor of making it compulsory for citizens to register their personal and biometric details on the National Identity Register when applying for or renewing "designated" documents such as a passport despite warnings from Conservative Shadow Home Secretary David Davies that the U.K. is "sleepwalking towards a surveillance state."

MPs accepted without a vote a government amendment that requires a separate Act of Parliament to make ID cards officially compulsory. Home Secretary Charles Clarke has indicated the government would move to do this by 2011.