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posted May 5, 2010, 4:21 PM by Unknown user   [ updated May 5, 2010, 5:59 PM by Eddie Woo ]
I know it might come as a surprise, but the scenario below is taken right out of real life. In fact, some countries make their citizens carry a 'smart card' that performs the basic role described below. It is in no way a hypothetical situation!

The Australian Federal Government wants to combine all personal information (eg passport, drivers' license, medicare, bank account, Facebook) into one biometrically secure identity card. This would involve all data being centrally available to the government.
Outline all the social and ethical issues that this raises, and describe three in detail.

P.S. Thanks to Josh for posting the original question!