ID cards: taxman allowed access to personal data

Tax officials will be allowed access to personal data gathered for the controversial ID cards scheme, it has been disclosed.

HM Revenue and Customs staff will be able to examine people’s financial transactions on the scheme’s database and search for evidence of undeclared earnings or bank accounts.

The disclosure will likely to provoke further concern over the £5.5 billion project, which has been condemned as a waste of money and an invasion of privacy.

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