Mr Green said in the letter that “The cost of decommissioning ID card systems and securely destroying the personal data is, subject to final invoices, £375,000.\” And the research director at TechMarketView said that \”The cost over the lifetime of the ID cards was estimated at £4.5bn, a good proportion of this will be saved.\”
The controversial ID card scheme was brought in under the previous Labour Government and was one of the first things that the Coalition Government scrapped last year following the General Election. The scheme was initially to be rolled out to foreign nationals and then once up and running UK nationals would be transferred over to the scheme. Many pressure groups campaigned to have the scheme scrapped on the basis that it was an invasion of privacy.
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