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ID Card trial

ID card Trial

On Dec 9 2003 I sent Melanie Briere an email volunteering to take part in the trial - I got a reply today ! Reproduced below and for some reason they address it to "Sue". I had already made my own arrangements to go to Blind Lemon Blunkett's trial scanning tomorrow...
Full text below.

I will report back on my fingerprinting as and when, I'm off to Free Market Penthouse Offices for a quick snifter after the ordeal so may not blog straight away.

Atos Origin

Rail House




14 July 2004

Dear Sue,

Thank you for expressing an interest in participating in the UK Passport
Service biometrics enrolment trial. The UK Passport Service (UKPS), with its
partners Atos Origin and MORI, are conducting a comprehensive survey to test
the process that may be used when recording biometrics as part of the
procedure of issuing a passport. The trial will simulate the enrolment and
verification of facial, iris and fingerprint biometrics.

There has been a very high level of interest in the trial from people
throughout Great Britain, and the trial has now commenced in four locations,
London, Leicester, Newcastle and Glasgow. In addition, a mobile unit will be
visiting these following locations; Peterborough, Sheffield, Middlesborough,
Macclesfield, Birmingham, Swansea, Taunton, Torquay and Belfast. In order to
ensure your participation at one of the fixed or mobile sites we have set up
a manned hotline number (below), which we ask you to call to make an
appointment for you to take part in the trial.


As a result of taking part in the biometrics enrolment trial you will NOT
receive a valid form of identification. You will receive a sample biometric
smartcard specific to you but this can not be used to replace your current
passport or as proof of your identity. Once the trials have been completed,
all of the biometric and personal data collected will be destroyed.

Thank you again for expressing an interest in this exciting and important
project. We look forward to making contact soon.

Yours sincerely,

Atos Origin Project Team


Fills one with confidence when they can't even get your name and presumably gender correct - unless Sue is your Friday night identity?

....nope on Friday nights, the Englishman likes to be known as 'Vera'...

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