From 1933 through the early 1940’s IBM made a lot of money helping the Germans collect, sort, and distribute that sort of data.
That target was hit and is now available for free download.
Think about the implications before you advocate for a National ID card or the mandating of ID in order to be functioning member of society. Giving up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety has known consequences..."
View From The Porch: Okay, that's an easy one...: "Nothing more clearly fails Joe Huffman's 'Jews In The Attic Test' [article quoted and linked above] than a comprehensive, mandatory list of Jews (or Presbyterians, or blacks, or gun owners, or left-handers, or...) who might potentially be found in attics.
Which is all a national biometric ID database is when you think about it.
'Oh,' comes the reply, 'We just have to keep it from falling into the wrong hands! After all, this is about national security, and the government only has the best intentions...'
I'm sorry, did I break your concentration? I didn't mean to do that. Please, continue, you were saying something about best intentions. What's the matter? Oh, you were finished! Well, allow me to retort:
1. If we can't keep h4x0rZ out of Predator drones and Chicoms out of our satellites, how are we going to keep $RANDOM_FUTURE_VILLAIN out of our comprehensive National Identity Theft Clearinghouse/Pogrom Database?
2. 'Keep it from falling into the wrong hands'? It's a government database! It's starting out in the wrong hands! I don't know if you were keeping track in the 20th Century, dude, but Governments out-pointed Nigerian 419 Scammers by several hundred million to zero on the big International Dead Guy Scoreboard.
I'd sooner trust Joseph M'bekebeke in a Lagos internet cafe with this information than I would a bunch of guys with snappy uniforms and lots of guns. At least if Joseph decides to use the information to find me and rough me up, he's got to come up with the scratch for airfare first."