Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 28th June 2005.

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Photo of Charles Clarke Charles Clarke Home Secretary 3:31 pm, 28th June 2005

The report that I cited indicates that with irises on the database,

"with reasonable acceptance thresholds, the false match rate is less than 1 in 200 billion."

If there is iris recognition, facial recognition and fingerprint recognition, it significantly reduces the possibility of errors arising.


Chris Lightfoot
Posted on 3 Jul 2005 12:30 am (Report this annotation)

This is not really relevant, because many people's iris patterns would not be recorded in the database. A recent study by the Home Office showed that it will probably not be possible to obtain an iris scan for about one in ten of the population. That will mean falling back on the other, less accurate, biometrics.