ID cards contain biometric information that prove, beyond any doubt, that you are the rightful owner of your face and fingers. That's all they do. Tracking devices in your cars will record how far you travel and tax you accordingly. Incidentally, they'll also record where you've been. All your Emails, phone calls and web page visits will be stored for your own protection.
This year, we will also see the roll-out of face recognition software. This will catch all those evil criminals who choose to travel by bus or train and pay cash. A very suspicious way to get around - well, soon it will be regarded as such. Already, not using a credit card marks you out as an oddity. You can get a DVD player for as little as £20, but pay cash and they want identification. Apparently this is to stop TV licence dodgers, even though you don't need one to watch DVDs.
Every little detail of our lives must be tracked by these paranoid Labour idiots. Every morsel we eat must be recorded, every drop of drink, every dump we take, and any imbalance between food in and waste out must be dealt with at once in case we deviate from our masters' prescribed body image. Every conversation must be noted, every word we read and every movement we make. In this government's command-and-control ruling system (© the Dark Lord) no dissent can be risked. The Thought Police must watch us all, all the time.
The article linked to above includes the story of one Rob Milliron, photographed at lunch and used, without his permission, in a campaign to show the rest of Tampa, Florida, that they had nowhere to hide. A crazed bint in Tulsa, Oklahoma called the police and claimed he was her ex husband. He wasn't, but rather than trouble themselves with marriage records, the police decided to surround him and interrogate him at work. Tampa has since given up on the face recognition stuff, because it's useless.
So we are to have it here, because it's useless. Just like useless ID cards, useless databases of spam and text messages, useless devices stuck into cars (take the thing out, wire it up to a 12 volt battery and leave it in the garage while you drive around) and a high speed train almost as fast as the ones Japan had 25 years ago, we are to waste massive amounts of cash on something that's only going to mess up innocent people's lives.
One thing it will mean, for sure, is that anyone going for a walk next November 5th is certain to be stopped and searched, and probably long before they get to the Houses of Parliament. By then, wearing masks in public will definitely not be allowed.
I'll let the author of the article have the last word:
So let's understand this: governments and police are planning to implement increasingly accurate surveillance technologies that are unnoticeable, cheap, pervasive, ubiquitous, and searchable in real time. And private businesses, from bars to workplaces, will also operate such systems, whose data trail may well be sold on or leaked to third parties - let's say, insurance companies that have an interest in knowing about your unhealthy lifestyle, or your ex-spouse who wants evidence that you can afford higher maintenance payments.
Government-sponsored stalking. For everyone. Now that's real socialism.