Wednesday, 6 August 2008

ID cards - a season to bury bad news?

With MPs on their holidays, it has been announced that the contract for a prototype has gone to Thales. Thales is the largest French arms company, and seventh largest in the world. The French government owns a 33% stake. Thales Identification has been in charge of producing ID Smartcards in China since 2002.

Government spokesmen have been dismissive in the past of claims of escalating costs of the National ID Register by opponents, such as No2Id. Well, the prototype was estimated to cost ten million pounds, and has come in at eighteen million - so far.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How apt; Thales producing ID Smartcards in China.