Some folks in the UK are now becoming more transparent due to new government regulations. This is part of their efforts on crime and identifying 2 high risk groups, students and marriage visas. The technology used is RFID and data bases will be able to track easily the number of visas each year, so even by marriage if the quota has been met for the year, it might be impossible to bring a spouse to the UK and health information is included.
Last week I posted an article about how Homeland Security is looking at fighting terrorism here with classified software that reads your brain, heart rate, and more. Privacy sure seems to be a thing of the past and with developing technologies, there’s really no way to keep a lid on privacy any more, it’s gone. BD
Now, it seems, I will become one of the first people in Britain to be forced to carry a mandatory biometric RFID card in a pilot program being deployed first to foreign students and we spousal visa holders (government is looking to curtail spousal visas altogether, capping all visas at 20,000 per year, including spousal visas, denying Britons the right to bring their spouses into the country once the quota has been filled). The card will be eventually linked to all of the national databases -- credit, health, driving, spending. These are the same databases that the government has been repeatedly losing and hemorrhaging by the tens of million (literally).
"We all want to see our borders more secure, and human trafficking, organized immigration crime, illegal working and benefit fraud tackled. ID cards for foreign nationals, in locking people to one identity, will deliver in all these areas," she added.
Jacqui Smith, the British Home Secretary, had unilaterally (and on 24 hours' notice) changed the rules for Highly Skilled Migrants to require a university degree. The UK Border Agency will begin issuing the biometric cards to the two categories of foreign nationals who officials say are most at risk of abusing immigration rules - students and those on a marriage or civil partnership visa.
The UK Border Agency will begin issuing the biometric cards to the two categories of foreign nationals who officials say are most at risk of abusing immigration rules - students and those on a marriage or civil partnership visa.