The ever shrinking world. Soon the appropriate regulatory will be sampling your alimentary waste in order to assure that you don't offend
: "The United States wants Britain's proposed identity cards to have the same microchip and technology as the ones used on American documents.
The aim of getting the same microchip is to ensure compatability in screening terrorist suspects. But it will also mean that information contained in the British cards can be accessed across the Atlantic.
Michael Chertoff, the newly appointed US Secretary for Homeland Security, has already had talks with the Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, and the Transport Secretary, Alistair Darling, to discuss the matter.
Mr Chertoff said yesterday that it was vital to seek compatibility, holding up the example of the 'video war' of 25 years ago, when VHS and Betamax were in fierce competition to win the status of industry standard for video recording systems"