ID cards will be "security accredited to the highest standard" to prevent the information falling into the hands of terrorists or criminals. - James Hall, chief executive of the Identity and Passport Service.
Data will be held across three existing IT systems, including the Department of Work and Pensions' (DWP) Customer Information Service, which holds national insurance records.
In other news:
The DWP have sent the bank and personal details of thousands of pensioners to the wrong addresses!