new UK scheme risks running a repeat of ID card controversy

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Is the UK government planning to revive identity cards for the internet age? The decision to scrap its national ID cards and database in 2010 means the UK is one of the few developed countries not to have such an identity scheme. While this was seen as a victory for civil liberties campaigners, some now argue that the lack of a simple way to prove who you are, especially online, is holding back the digital economy and improvements to public services.

With this in mind, the government recently announced plans to pave the way for a new digital identity scheme, which some media outlets have called digital ID cards.

In reality, there’s no single agreed definition of what a digital ID is or looks like, so saying the new system will be similar to the unpopular card scheme is misleading. However, the UK government is a long way from

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Face masks pick perilous path from health protector to fashion accessory

<span>Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images</span>
Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

At the Venice Film Festival the actor Tilda Swinton pulled out an ornate gold design face mask and wore it on the red carpet, just like she would have with a statement clutch bag or a must-have piece of jewellery.

The mask was not entirely pandemic-approved – on Instagram the designer James Merry said the custom-made piece was inspired by “stingray skeletons, seaweed and orchids” – but it was symbolic of a bigger shift: the world of high fashion is finally allowing itself to embrace the coronavirus face mask.

Last week also saw Lady Gaga light up the static VMA awards show with a parade of highly fashion-conscious masks. There was the bubblegum pink one from Cecilio Castrillo (a muzzle which resembled the facehugger from Alien), a horned one from Lance Victor Moore, a futuristic one designed by Smooth Technology and then when accepting an award

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It’s World Suicide Prevention Day. Here’s how to spot warning signs

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I Had Passive Suicidal Ideation. Here’s What Everyone Should Know

Life has hardly been easy lately. COVID-19 has catapulted even the mentally healthiest among us into fear or anxiety, and some warn that a global mental health crisis is looming. I consider it a gift, then, that it’s been a long time since I thought about not wanting to live.Passive suicidal ideation — thinking about, but not planning, one’s own death — became a familiar coping mechanism between my late teens, and it persisted into my late twenties. I’ve never actively wanted to die. Most days, I enjoyed my life. I was invested in my plans and looked forward to the future. But every now and then, when things were particularly difficult, I wanted to close my eyes and disappear. Thinking about no longer existing was like an emotional reflex, something I sometimes defaulted to when faced with internal

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Germany wants to permit driverless cars across the country by 2022

Despite coming down hard on Tesla’s Autopilot and Full Self-Driving, Germany isn’t totally against the concept of self-driving cars. Sure, Tesla’s Autopilot isn’t actually a self-driving system, but it is considered a large part of the autonomous or partially automated vehicle landscape.

According to a report from local news outlet, The Local DE, some of Germany’s politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, met this week and have agreed that the country should play a “pioneering role” in the regulation of self-driving cars.

The first step the country is going to take to realize this goal is to draft some laws, how appropriate.

[Read: Lucid unveils the Air, its luxury EV with up to 517-miles of range costing as much as $169K]

The law should reportedly make Germany “the first country in the world to permit driverless vehicles in regular operation as well as in the entire country.”

It’s

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50 Things Every 50-Something Should Know About Retirement

People in their 50s who are nearing retirement have a lot on their plates. Between mortgages, adult-age kids and other responsibilities, it can be hard to prioritize everything. However, it’s never too late to prepare yourself for those golden years.

Last updated: Sept. 10, 2020

Look at your spending to figure out where your money is going and if you need to start budgeting so you’ll have enough savings for retirement.

“I often see couples unaware of each other’s spending habits until they create a budget,” said Dolph Janis, owner and founder of Clear Income Strategies Group. So have a serious talk with your spouse about establishing spending controls and setting aside funds for your future.

These days, some people who retire in their 60s live until they’re 90 years old. That’s a 30-year gap of time you’ll need to fill with meaningful experiences and, well, money. Don’t retire without … Read More

How COVID-19 is fueling a new wave of Bay Area transplants to the Sacramento region

Jesse and Shanni Burke were working on their laptops a few feet apart in their cramped Silicon Valley apartment this spring, sweltering without air conditioning, when it dawned on them.

The coronavirus pandemic that was virtually imprisoning them in their tiny downtown San Jose walk-up also offered an unexpected escape option. No longer tethered to the office, they could live almost anywhere outside the pricey Bay Area and keep their jobs.

Last week, the couple moved into a 2,700-square-foot home on a leafy street in the suburban Sacramento community of Fair Oaks. It’s their first home purchase. They’ll turn two of the four bedrooms into his and hers offices. And they plan to add a gym and a backyard pool.

“Because of COVID, we didn’t want to be stuck in a tiny space,” Shanni, a 34-year-old tech worker, said. “But we knew there was no way we could afford in

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10 popular holiday gifts to buy now before they sell out

10 popular holiday gifts to buy now before they sell out
10 popular holiday gifts to buy now before they sell out

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December might seem far away but the holidays will be here before you know it. And holiday shopping, like most things in 2020, will look a bit different this year—namely that experts predict it will start much earlier (yikes!). That means that some of the year’s most popular products could sell out faster than usual.

To help you beat the rush, we’ve rounded up the top 10 gifts that will be at the top of everyone’s must-buy lists this year, from the number one Instant Pot to the loungewear and slippers that everyone’s obsessed with. If there’s something you want from the selection below, we recommend buying it while you still can. The longer you wait, the higher the chance

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Yes, we talked Xbox earlier this week, but that was before Microsoft revealed when you can pre-order the Series X (on September 22nd), the fact that it’s adding EA Play (home of Need for Speed Heat and the FIFA series) to Xbox Game Pass and what extra storage options there are for the entry-level Series S console. 

There was a whole bunch of announcements. Presumably, yesterday was when the company wanted to reveal all the Xbox goodness, only to be spoiled by leaks on Monday. The bottom line for a lot of us: Xbox Series S offers incredible value for next-gen gamers.

Devindra, who wrote that story, has a point. I had zero interest in the Microsoft console, but $300 and a gamer pass subscription is a compelling argument, even alongside my new PS5, which I’ll buy regardless of the price. I have feelings on consoles: I’m going to

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Lucid Motors goes live with ‘world’s most powerful and efficient’ electric sedan

The Lucid Air sedan. Credit: Lucid Motors
The Lucid Air sedan. Credit: Lucid Motors

Lucid Motors presented its first electric car to the world in an online reveal from the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters on Wednesday.

“Lucid Motors is driven to make the electric car better, and by doing so, help move the entire industry forward, towards accelerated adoption of sustainable mobility,” said Lucid Motors CEO and CTO Peter Rawlinson.

“With the Lucid Air, we have created a halo car for the entire industry, one which shows the advancements that are possible by pushing the boundaries of EV technology and performance to new levels,” said. Rawlinson. The Lucid chief was formerly the chief engineer on the Tesla Model S.

Lucid said its luxury Air sedan will deliver a number of industry firsts, including fastest-charging, most aerodynamic, fastest quarter-mile times — under 10 seconds — and largest frunk (front trunk) in any electric car on the market.

The

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25 Extra Grocery Costs You’re Probably Forgetting About

If you’re like most people, you have a grocery budget, which means that you have allotted a certain amount of money for each trip to the store. Depending on price bumps and whether you’re forced to substitute a more expensive product for the one you actually wanted, it can be tough to roll out of the grocery store without going over your set-aside amount.

But there are certain items you might be buying at the grocery store that can cost more than what you really have to pay. For example, some products might be convenient to use, but the price you’re paying to escape food prep might not be worth it. Other products just aren’t wise to buy at the grocery store because you can purchase the same thing much cheaper somewhere else.

Last updated: Sept. 10, 2020

At the grocery store, you can purchase 32 ounces of medium cheddar … Read More