ID cards in Gaza

The BBC has an article about the terrible situation in Gaza, in which we learn that ID cards are being used as a way of identifying 'suspect' people.

He said Hamas gunmen had checked ID numbers before deciding what to do with people. Anyone whose number began with a four was suspect.

Why? Because that is how Israel, which granted the permits, signified any Palestinian who returned from abroad after the Oslo peace accords in 1993. And the largest number of these belonged to Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction.

Admittedly, the UK is not Gaza, but is it stretching the imagination too much to imagine that a nationwide ID scheme with an overarching database which contains biometrics on us all could never be misused? 'Never' being quite a long time.