As mentioned by Ben Laurie; Simon Davies, the Director of Privacy International, was quoted in IT Weeks’s Will industry rescue the identity card? as saying:
“I’ve believed for some months that a ‘white knight’ consortium from industry is needed,” Davies said. “Companies that can see the benefits of the ID card idea should approach the government about effectively taking over the project.”
I find this particularly galling from a group dedicated to privacy. They are in their own words: “a human rights group formed in 1990 as a watchdog on surveillance and privacy invasions by governments and corporations.”
Like Ben, I am speechless.