Personal login details for social networking sites, bank accounts and personal mobile phone accounts could be used be used as official proof of identity to access public services, the Cabinet Office has confirmed, say the Guardian.
Seriously? Just a tad Orwellian – give them this info and they’ll have a bloody big window into our lives.
There is an extremely low limit to the amount of highly personal information I will willingly give this corrupt government. They already have my current account details and then only because it’s unavoidable – that’s my limit.
Social networking details, mobile phone accounts, strike me as just another plank in the government’s let’s spy on the proles plans. Plus the fact that neither of those are 100% secure, as the number of spam calls I get on my mobe demonstrates.
If the government wants to create a secure login system, every native-borne citizen of this country (no idea about immigrants), is in possession of two unique numbers, their National Insurance number and their National Health number. They, along with a very secure password, should be perfectly adequate for any official government needs up to and including online voting.
Anyway, disclosing social networking and mobile phone details is a total crock and not remotely necessary. If it were, what would happen to the millions who want no part of social networking, don’t have computers, or mobile phones?
The government will have to make arrangements for them – they can do the same for the rest of us.