Saturday, December 17, 2005

Press release: New National ID Law guarantees privacy :: Emirates Identity Authority

Even after 9/11 most Americans from across the political spectrum are very resistant to the notion of a national ID card. This also seems to be true in other countries.

Is the same true in the UAE? The press release makes it sound like a wonderful thing that will benefit all residents of the UAE, both citizens and expats.


Blogger Emirati said...

Personally, I dont mind, the notion being that if you dont do anything wrong, youre not in trouble as a result.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Tim Newman said...

If they make stating your religion compulsory, look out.

7:45 AM  
Blogger sheikha cheryl said...

Isn't a passport or diriving license or labor card enough? There is too much talk about this in the US, to the point where it is getting scary. What a joke. It has nothing to do with trying to hide something. One shouldn't have to show papers to move about freely in any country. The information that is provided to the government should already have the guarantee of privacy. Why does another government body have to oversee that? Is our information not secure at this time? And does government needs a watchdog group to protect our privacy? It's just another way of government trying to control, spy on and oppress the population. It has nothing to do with guaranteeing privacy, it is an invasion of privacy. I don't have anything to hide and it is still no one's business where I go, who I see, what I do with my money, or what I think or say. It's the dumbest thing I have ever store someone's personal information just so it can be safe. Just my two cents. --DB

8:24 AM  
Blogger John B. Chilton said...

I concur with nomad camels. The press release is an excellent example of Orwellian doublespeak.

10:31 AM  

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