Updated 28 April 2004, 18.35
The government is planning to introduce identity cards for people living in the UK.
They'll hold your name, address and date of birth along with extra info like your fingerprints and a picture of your eyes.
At the moment the idea is just being tested but people may be forced to carry them one day.
What do you think about carrying a card with all your personal info on?
Do you think it will help stop crime like fraud?
Or do you think you should be allowed to keep these details about yourself private?
Tell us what you think now.
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I think it's unfair. People should be given a choice as to whether they want or don't want to carry an ID card, not have it be enforced on people.
Lawrence, 14, Guildford
It's not that bad, I mean, it's not hard to slide the card into your wallet or something... I have to carry one from my school all the time, in order to get in - so it's no big deal.... just a matter of taking out your purse/wallet!!
Arna, 14, NL
No way! That is the worst idea ever! It's an abuse of our rights, having to carry a piece of plastic everywhere. What would happen if we lost it? What would happen if we left it at home? Why should we be forced to be attached to some stupid government idea!? If they do come in, I am certainly not carrying one!!
Charlie, 13, Guildford
Unless this system is given a lot of thought, it wouldn't be good because if you get mugged and your card gets stolen, all your personal ID is on there. I know it's got 'my' eye print and 'my' fingerprint on, but even so, it needs a lot of thinking through and careful planning.
Daniel, 12, Bedfordshire
I think they are a GREAT idea. Why not have them. They can stop fraud, terrorism etc. If you have nothing to hide then you shouldn't be bothered if you have one or not. WHEN CAN I GET MINE?
Richard, 15, Prescot
NO WAY! Are these people dumb? What if it got lost? We just recently got ID cards in school and it's such a pain and everyone hates them! You can't get into the library or computer labs or anything without your card and the teachers always check them. But some people lose them and get in trouble and I feel bad for them.
Kayla, 13, USA
I think it is a good idea because it stops young children/teens buying cigarettes, and it will be a lot harder for young children to actually commit a crime. It could make them realise, I mean I don't want my personal things shown around but it is for safety.
Lois, 14, Manchester
I disagree, you can easily lose it and it seems like a bother having it around with you all the time, and people could easily fake it. It's just a waste of our time and money.
Tara, 15, London
I like the idea of ID cards, but I don't think we should be forced to pay for it, as it's the government wants us to have one.
James, 12, London
I think the ID cards are a good idea because they could help stop things like fraud or crime. Also they will stop you from buying drink or cigarettes if you are underage or going to 15 or 18 films or a nightclub if you are underage. But I think that if the government want us to carry these cards, they should pay for them!!
Nicola, 13, Scotland
I think ID cards are a bad idea because people will always find a way to fake them. We don't know what technology can do these days.
Katie, 14, Preston
I think that it's a good idea, and many other countries already have ID cards, also it can prove our ages to get into movies!
Meryl, 13, Belfast
If this keeps up, soon we will have microchips planted in the back of our heads.
Richard, 14, Buckingham
I think getting an ID card is good. It stops terrorists so what's so bad about it. Who really cares if it says personal details. The card's for a good purpose so it's fine!
Khaled, 10, London
I think that people should have the new ID cards and I don't know why MP's didn't think of it sooner. Even though I am 16 I still get questioned when buying things like lottery and cigarettes and there are no forms of ID for people our age.
Daniel, 16, Winchcombe
I think the cards are a good idea personally but I can see both sides of the argument. The cards are good and help prevent criminal activity it also limits amounts of privacy and you have to pay!
Samantha, 15, Newcastle
It's a complete invasion of privacy... I don't want to be walking around with my eye scan in my pocket, it's completely crazy.
Ami, 15, Bristol
I think it's an excellent idea because more security means a lot more safety for you. The eye scan is an added bonus to stop fraud! BRILLIANT!
Paul, 14, Bolton
No way would I pay for one of those things. People will still find ways of faking it.
Natalie, 15, Lincoln
Two things wrong about ID cards. One, what's the point? and two, we have to pay for them. Then the criminals will find a different way to fraud people. It's a stupid idea if you ask me.
Harrison, 12, Weymouth
WHHHAAAAAAAAAAT? I don't think even the most trusting people would give me an ID card. I'd lose it within five minutes. Or draw funny pictures on it. Has anybody seen my keys by the way?
SB, 12, Cambridgeshire
I think ID cards are a good idea, because they carry information about you, but not too much that you feel unsafe carrying it.
Celeste , 11, Birmingham
I think they are a good idea as they will prevent terrorism, but the fact that you have to pay puts me off.
Thomas, 13, Farnborough
I have nothing to hide, and they will prevent terrorism and crimes. But should we really have to pay for them! Maybe replacements.
Gemma, 13, Killinghall
I think the government are just using terrorism as an excuse to make us give them our personal details.
Emily, 14, Warwick
I don't think these cards are a good idea because it limits your amount of privacy and to top it we have to pay for it. RIDICULOUS!
Zishan, 14, Walsall
I am about to get a something called a CitizenCard. It has a picture of me, with my name, date of birth and an identity code. I think that this is better because it does not have things like your home address or my eye/fingerprints on it. If it had an address on it, and I lost it, people would be able to track me. Instead it has an address that it needs to be returned to if it is lost. I think that this is better, because the new ones are against human rights and they show too much about you.
Alice, 13, London
I think it's a good idea if you look young for your age and want to get into a film. It's not good if you're trying to pay child's fare on the bus (but are really too old) or are trying to get into a 15 or 18 film. It annoys me that at the moment when you're buying a DVD or something people are like "do you have ID" but why would I? I'm too young to drive and I'm hardly going to carry my birth certificate and passport around.
Kim, 14, Southampton
I think it does carry to much information but it could help stop fraud. It is unfair though to make you pay for something you've got to have.
Abi, 10, Buckinghamshire
I'd like fraud to stop happening so in some respects it's an alright idea but being forced to show your personal info and being forced to carry one around is not my idea of fun!
Lorna, 11, Bolton
I think the ID cards could be a good thing but why should we be made to pay for them?
Andrew, 12, Glasgow
I think that id cards are a very good idea. Some people think that they are an invasion of privacy but in the long run they will save time and money. While the government are taking everybody's id they could take dna at the same time to help prevent illegal actions.
Ellie, 14, Liverpool
They shouldn't bring them in as they may not always work and we shouldn't have to pay for them cause if they want us to have them they should pay for them!
Rachel & Claire, 16 & 13, Pontefract
I'm really not comfortable with the ID card idea. It's just a way the government can control us. I don't like the idea that one day I will have to carry a card around with all of my details on as well as my fingerprints. I think this is taking things too far and is taking away peoples privacy.
Lisa, 16, Caerphilly
I am not sure. It would be exciting to do so, but only name, photo and age. Eye scans? Come on!! That's taking it too far!
Gayathri, 12, Stoke-on-Trent
I think the cards are a good idea. It will stop people committing crimes and would mean people could get treated fairly. It could also help and prevent crimes. But I don't think we should have to pay to get one, because it is our government who want us to carry one.
Sarah, 14, Glasgow
I think its good to carry out an id card because it will help stop terrorism and it can tell you that you belong to this country.
Naveen, 12, Hayes
I think it is a really good idea because it will literally impossible to commit fraud if they have the smallest details such as your eyes and finger tips. Though it will put pressure on a lot of people.
Nikki, 13, Lancs
I think it's completely ridiculous and shouldn't be allowed!!! I don't think it would help fight fraud or terrorism and I think it's crossing the line of our human rights!!
I think it's a great idea, it has worked in other countries so why not in Britain? As long as it's done properly and is impossible to fake it'll stop all sorts of problems such as immigration, young smokers and alcohol drinkers. I wouldn't mind having one at all!
Charlotte, 15, Dawlish
I think they're a good idea, and it's quite exciting to have them too. However, I can see peoples point of view when they say that they could be hacked into and peoples' details could be accessed.
Bobby, 14, Isle of Man
I've got nothing to hide, so I wouldn't mind carrying one. It might get annoying though because some people lose things like that easily, and it could become a pain!
Helen, 15, Birmingham
I'm not sure I like the idea. But I suppose it would be good if it stops fraud.
Josie, 11, Saltash
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