November 7, 2006 By Gina M. Scott
"The world is more mobile than ever before. Capital moves freely across national boundaries. Information is transmitted digitally, in an instant," Blair said. "But the open world brings with it new problems too. Identity theft for financial gain, illegal immigration and illegal working have all increased ... Some terrorist suspects have as many as 50 assumed identities. Indeed this has been part of the training at Al Qaeda camps."
The Prime Minister also commented on the use of biometrics, claiming that with the biometrics "a national identity system has benefits that it has never before had" and "the advent of new biometric technology has completely changed the argument in how we combat" challenges.
Blair outlined four benefits of the biometric system:
Number 10 Downing Street will be holding a live Web chat with James Hall, chief executive of the British Identity and Passport Service, next Tuesday, November 14.
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