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New system will allow users to store personal data online

file tax returns and apply for driving licences through a single website

British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith holds an official British bio-metric ID card at a press conference in London, on September 25, 2008. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith unveiled the design for Britain's controversial identity cards Thursday, insisting that the soon-to-be-introduced plan would strengthen the country's security. The documents, which will be issued to non-European foreign nationals from November, will feature the holder's name and date of birth, as well as a photograph, fingerprint record and other biometric data. AFP PHOTO/Shaun Curry (Photo credit should read SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)

The Government was last night forced to deny it was bringing in ID cards by the back door after it revealed plans to offer everyone a virtual ID.


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