Irish Rights groups oppose ID number

privacy       2002-10-29 
GOVERNMENT plans to make citizens' personal details available to local authorities have been criticised by civil liberties campaigners. The State is considering giving each citizen a unique number from birth as part of a drive to cut down on red-tape and form-filling when accessing the public service.
The central State database is to be established next year and will eventually be expanded so local authorities can access the information.