Britain's new coalition government is doing away with of a plan for a national ID card and a national identity register.
The plan was proposed by the previous Labour Party administration.
Conservatives and liberal Democrats, which make up the new coalition, are among the critics warning that Britain had been losing its civil liberties.
"I suppose really we just remain hopeful that the coalition will continue to look not just at identity cards and schemes that back it but the wider tranche of deeply invasive and problematic schemes that the government has brought up in the last 10 years," said Michael Parker, press officer for NO2ID, which has campaigned against the program.
The new administration also plans to reform the government's DNA database and impose tighter regulations on the country's extensive network of closed circuit security cameras.