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Wednesday, June 29, 2005
  Stealth Tax on Shaving
It may sound superfically odd, but there is a provision in Section 12 of the ID Card/Database bill which means that people could be fined up to £1,000 if they shave without telling the government.

Considering the bill which is on the net at ID Cards bill at Hansard

See the following sections:
Section 12 Notification of changes affecting accuracy of Register
(1) An individual to whom an ID card has been issued must notify the Secretary
of State about—
(a) every prescribed change of circumstances affecting the information
recorded about him in the Register; and
(4) The things that an individual may be required to do under subsection (3) are—
(a) to attend at a specified place and time;
(b) to allow his fingerprints, and other biometric information about himself, to be taken and recorded;
(c) to allow himself to be photographed;
(6) An individual who contravenes a requirement imposed on him by or under
this section shall be liable to a civil penalty not exceeding £1,000.

From Section 1
(6) In this section references to an individual’s identity are references to—
(a) his full name;
(b) other names by which he is or has previously been known;
(c) his gender;
(d) his date and place of birth and, if he has died, the date of his death; and
(e) physical characteristics of his that are capable of being used for
identifying him.


What this means is that if someone gets married, shaves off a beard, grows a beard (and or moustache), cuts their finger (fingerprint changes) they need then to tell the government on the pain of an up to £1,000 "Civil Penalty" which may then require them to go somewhere to be photographed.

The other issues about the system remain, but it is very clear that the legislation has been written for the convenience of the government and not the private individuals. Furthermore it will not be criminals who will first register for these cards hence it will be an expensive and unnecessary burden on private individuals whilst not making any difference to those breaking the law.
 
Comments:
If I read it correctly, you can also be fined if you die and forget to give notice of your death...
 
True, but difficult to enforce.
 
The changes in beard and moustache might be a red herring.

The facial recognition technology works by assessing the distance between a number of key points on the face (such as the tip of the nose).

The absence or presence of facial hair (unless the person is the hirsute Robinson Crusoe) would not change these key distances.
 
Don't dare have cosmetic facial surgery. LOL
 
jhcrew:

That's not what the legislation says...

"physical characteristics of his that are capable of being used for identifying him."

Facial hair is capable of being used for identifying a person isn't it?
 
Why weren't you at parlimwnt to vote against it then?
 
Why no show at the vote yesterday, John?
 
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