Thursday, December 28, 2006

ID card call to 'stop bullying'

Patrick HarvieA Scottish teaching union thinks that ID cards will help stop bullying. MSP Patrick Harvie disagrees (via Open Rights Group):

"We should be preparing young people for the reality of defending their privacy and civil liberties against ever-more intrusive government systems.

"We've heard proposals for airport-style scanners and random drug testing in schools, fingerprinting is already in place in some schools. There's a risk of creating environments which feel more like penal institutions than places of learning.

"These ID cards will do absolutely nothing to address the causes of bullying. Instead they will teach the next generation that an ID card culture is 'normal', and that they should have to prove their entitlement to services."

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