In Engeland zijn topambtenaren en officieren vanaf het begin niet enthousiast geweest over het "ID-cards scheme", blijkt uit rapporten van 5 jaar geleden, die nu pas openbaar zijn gemaakt met hulp van privacy actievoerders. De Telegraph schrijft:
The authors warned that experts were divided on how reliable biometric data would be as a way of checking identity. "The scheme does less good than hoped, with perceived benefits seemingly not on a scale to justify the costs and some erosion of public support for the scheme," the report said. Chris Grayling, the shadow Home Secretary, said: "Now we know why ministers have fought so hard to release these reports, it is quite clear that it is only ministers that think ID cards are a good idea. "If no one else wants ID cards, then why on earth are we spending billions of pounds on them at a time when Gordon Brown has made such a mess of the public's finances."