Two camp pop stars, 25,000 innocent children, dna evidence and the police
From 2008 ID cards with digital facial and retina recognition will be compulsory for anyone who wants to own a UK passport to prove they are a British citizen.
The government may add functions to the card, including its used for the claim of benefits, access to public buildings or travel on public transport such as the underground.
New CCTV cameras give an output sophisticated enough to enable the digital scanning of the faces and sometimes retinas of those it views.
It's estimated that there is one CCTV camera for every 14 people in the UK, and more are on the way. Police have begun monitoring communities using ''Mobile Surveillance Units'', which carry CCTV cameras designed to complement fixed cameras already in place.
New anti-terror legislation means UK citizens can be held by police without charge, and keep the dna and a photograph of anyone they arrest, even if found they are simply wrongly arrested or found innocent.
There is no process to allow the removal of criminal dna or picture records of innocent adults or children. The database currently has records on 25,000 children arrested but never charged. It is estmated the database will reach almost 5 million people by 2008.
Bit embarassing the Pet Shop Boys are on board, but don't let it put you off.