The Blackstone's Guide Series delivers concise and accessible books covering the latest legislation changes and amendments. Published within weeks of an Act, they offer expert commentary by leading names on the effects, extent and scope of the legislation, plus a full copy of the Act itself.They offer a cost-effective solution to key information needs and are the perfect companion for any practitioner needing to get up to speed with the latest changes. The Identity Cards Act 2006 is a major piece of legislation which will fundamentally change the relationship between the state and the individual for people of all nationalities residing in the UK for more than three months. The Act will affect the operation of much existing legislation, including;the Data Protection Act 1998; the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984; the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000; the Race Relations Act 1976; the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, and the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants) Act 2004. The Act will have an impact on a wide range oflegal areas, including; asylum and immigration; data protection and freedom of information; privacy; criminal; human rights; and civil liberties; and will introduce the following;- A complex range of new civil and criminal penalties- a new Commissioner's Office- New ways of working for those providing public services, such as the police, the NHS, the Passport Service, and benefit workersThis Guide is written by two experienced practitioners currently based at Liberty, the National Council for Civil Liberties. Structured in a clear and logical way following the parts of the Act, it provides an up-to-date and informative guide, making it an essential purchase for practitioners andorganisations working in a number of legal areas.