"The UK could 'sleepwalk into a surveillance society' as a result of ID cards and other plans, UK information commissioner Richard Thomas has warned.
"He told The Times he had concerns about how much information would be collected and shared under the ID card plans.
"Mr Thomas also suggested he was uneasy about plans for a population register and a database of every child.
"He used General Franco's Spain as an example of what can happen when a state knows too much about its citizens."
Source: BBC News
UK ID Card Webpage
Privacy issues in Australia (if you have more info, please send in, because reports are slipping through the net saying that some disturbing legislation is being drafted, but I'm finding it hard to locate)