ID card database holds 538 names

And just one is from someone outside the UK.

ID card

The database that backs up the national ID cards has officially been unveiled, and so far it holds just 538 names.

Of those, all are British citizens and just one is a foreign nationals, despite people such as overseas students being given the cards since last November. The one foreigner is from the EU.

We asked the Home Office press department if there were two separate databases for foreigners and British citizens, and where data on foreigners was currently being held, but they have as of yet been unable to provide an answer.

ID commissioner not 'safe hands'

Speaking to the home affairs committee, the new identity commissioner Sir Joseph Pilling said he would earn 44,000 for each six months in the role, and would report to the Home Secretary Alan Johnson, not to parliament, the BBC reported.

While he told the committee that he didn't believe it was his job to judge whether the cards were good or bad, he stressed he was still independent.

"If it was a safe pair of hands they were looking for I am probably the wrong person," he was quoted as saying.

Click here for everything you need to know about ID cards.

Featured Resources

Shining light on new 'cool' cloud technologies and their drawbacks

IONOS Cloud Up! Summit, Cloud Technology Session with Russell Barley

Watch now

Build mobile and web apps faster

Three proven tips to accelerate modern app development

Free download

Reduce the carbon footprint of IT operations up to 88%

A carbon reduction opportunity

Free Download

Comparing serverless and server-based technologies

Determining the total cost of ownership

Free download

Recommended

Industry "delighted" with UK's 'landmark' anti-bias AI standard
artificial intelligence (AI)

Industry "delighted" with UK's 'landmark' anti-bias AI standard

30 Nov 2021
Practicality of UK government’s cyber bill criticised by industry experts
Policy & legislation

Practicality of UK government’s cyber bill criticised by industry experts

26 Nov 2021
NCSC: COVID-19 vaccines were prime target for hackers in 2021
National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

NCSC: COVID-19 vaccines were prime target for hackers in 2021

17 Nov 2021
US sanctions Israeli NSO Group for selling spyware
cyber security

US sanctions Israeli NSO Group for selling spyware

5 Nov 2021

Most Popular

How to move Microsoft's Windows 11 from a hard drive to an SSD
Microsoft Windows

How to move Microsoft's Windows 11 from a hard drive to an SSD

24 Nov 2021
What should you really be asking about your remote access software?
Sponsored

What should you really be asking about your remote access software?

17 Nov 2021
Best MDM solutions 2020
mobile device management (MDM)

Best MDM solutions 2020

12 Nov 2021