UK government changes plan on ID card database

The U.K. government has made changes on its controversial plans for a single ID card database.

Instead of one huge, new National Identity Register (NIR) database, it will now be spread across three existing systems. John Reid, the Home Secretary, said it was “a sensible decision” but denied the government is taking a U-turn from its original plan.

The change is needed to make the plan — now estimated at