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++ NO2ID Supporters’ Newsletter No. 115 – 22nd January 2009 ++
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+ A CONCEALED ASSAULT ON PRIVACY +
NO2ID has been warning since 2006/7 about the stated intentions of government “to overcome current barriers to information sharing within the public sector” . Now the Ministry of Justice has launched an extraordinary coup. It is about to convert the Data Protection Act into its exact opposite, a means for any government department to obtain and use any information however it likes.
Hidden in the new Coroners and Justice Bill  is one clause (cl.152) amending the Data Protection Act. It would allow ministers to make ‘Information Sharing Orders’, that can alter any Act of Parliament and cancel all rules of confidentiality in order to use information obtained for one purpose to be used for another.
This single clause is as grave a threat to privacy as the entire ID Scheme. Combine it with the index to your life formed by the planned National Identity Register  and everything recorded about you anywhere could be accessible to any official body.
The Database State is now a direct threat not a theory.
Quite apart from the powers in the Identity Cards Act, if Information Sharing Orders come to pass, they could (for example) immediately be used to suck up material such as tax records or electoral registers to build an early version of the National Identity Register. But the powers apply to any information, not just official information. They would permit data trafficking between government agencies and private companies – your medical records are firmly in their sights – and even with foreign governments.
We urge you to write to your MP straight away via www.WriteToThem.com – don’t wait. The Bill is being rushed through Parliament, even as we write. It contains a number of controversial provisions, but to the casual reader appears mainly to be about reforming inquests and sentencing.
As it progresses, NO2ID will be publishing more information but it is crucial that every MP realises how dangerous the information sharing clauses in the Coroners and Justice Bill really are. This will only happen if YOU tell them.
*In your own words*, please ask your MP to read Part 8 (clauses 151 – 154) of the Coroners and Justice Bill, and to oppose the massive enabling powers in the “Information sharing” clause. The Bill is due its Second Reading in the Commons on 26th January 2009.
Request them to demand the clause be given proper Parliamentary scrutiny. This is something that will affect every single one of their constituents, unlike the rest of the Bill. There is a grave danger that the government will set a timetable that will cut off debate before these proposals – which are at the end of the Bill – are discussed.
With support for the ID scheme crumbling, even in the Home Office’s own skewed polls – the last of which showed a 5% drop  – trust in the government’s handling of our personal information is at an all-time low.
A YouGov poll in the Sunday Times on 18th January shows that the public opposes these new powers by a factor of 3 to 1 *against*. 65% of people asked said they give government “too much power”, only 19% thought not . The government can’t pretend a popular mandate for what it is doing. And it is a mechanism designed to by-pass parliament in future. It is being done only for the convenience of the bureaucrats.
Please write NOW – www.WriteToThem.com – it won’t take long, and we are going to ask you again. But if you don’t start now, our battle is going to be much harder.
Please ALSO pass on or forward this part of the newsletter to friends, family and colleagues who might share your concerns. The more people it reaches, the more we hope will act.
We really can’t afford not to win.
1) Joining the dots on ‘data sharing’ – www.no2id.net/datasharing.php
2) Coroners & Justice Bill –
3) The National Identity Register –
4) ID support slumps –
5) Jan 2009 YouGov poll – extras.timesonline.co.uk/pollresults.htm
++ What just happened? ++
+ Many thanks for Modern Liberty volunteers +
A big thank you for the fantastic response we had from our request in the last newsletter for volunteers to steward at the Modern Liberty
Convention in London on 28th February. Many thanks to all those who have
agreed to help out on the day.
+ STOP PRESS: Information Commissioner takes enforcement action against the Home Office +
The Information Commissioner’s Office has found the Home Office in breach of the Data Protection Act after a contractor, PA Consulting, lost an unencrypted memory stick holding sensitive personal details of thousands of individuals in August 2008. Details lost included information about individuals serving custodial sentences and those who had previously been convicted of criminal offences.
Read more at
+ NO2ID’s Take Jane advert hits a nerve with Hillier
Meg Hillier the minister responsible for the ID scheme has written an angry letter to the Spectator magazine after they ran NO2ID’s ‘Take Jane’ advert. Take Jane shows a glimpse of one woman’s story, in a future Britain where the omnipresent databases make hiding impossible. The grim message is that the ID scheme isn’t simple and isn’t safe. Clearly the video hit a raw nerve with Hillier, in her letter she said:
Read Hillier’s letter at:
+ New Data Protection guidance on ID scanning in pubs and clubs
The Information Commissioner’s Office has published new data protection guidelines with reagards to the use of ID scanning equipment in pubs and clubs. NO2ID has been concerned for some time about developments in ID checking and fingerprinting in clubs and pubs. The new guidelines to do not call into question the use of such technology, they simply offer “good practice recommendations”. For instance they state that: “Handy credit card sized notices can be distributed at the door” which explain why the system is operated and “if any sharing with other scheme (such as Pub Watch) is involved.
+ Security check point toy goes on sale
A Playmobil toy has been produced that lets children experience the joys of security check points. Comments on the amazon website, who sell the toy include: “I was a little disappointed when I first bought this item, because the functionality is limited. My 5 year old son pointed out that the passenger’s shoes cannot be removed. Then, we placed a deadly fingernail file underneath the passenger’s scarf, and neither the detector doorway nor the security wand picked it up. My son said ‘that’s the worst security ever!’”
++ What’s next? ++
*+ 28th February – The Convention on Modern Liberty +*
*+ ID cards secondary legislation consultation +*
+ LOCAL GROUPS NEWS +
To see if there’s a group in your area check our list at www.no2id.net/localGroups/
_*+ Aberdeen +*_
*+ 31st January – Aberdeen NO2ID 1st Meeting +*
If you are interested in the work of the Aberdeen group, please join their mailing list on:
_*+ Belfast +*_
*+ 28th February – Modern Liberty satellite Convention +*
_*+ Bristol +*_
*+ 4th February – Bristol NO2ID Meeting +*
*+ 28th February – Modern Liberty satellite Convention +*
_*+ Cambridge +*_
*+ 24th January & 14th February – NO2ID Cambridge Stall +*
*+ 4th February – Cambridge NO2ID pub meeting (1st Wednesday of each
*+ 28th February – Cambridge satellite Convention on Modern Liberty +*
We will see a webcast of the London opening and closing plenaries, and in between run panel sessions with local experts on civil liberties topics and a Union-style debate on whether Civil Liberties really are under threat. Attendance free (donations accepted). Doors open 0900. Check the Modern Liberty web site for updates as the Cambridge programme develops: www.modernliberty.net
_*+ Camden and Islington +*_
*+ 3rd February – NO2ID Camden & Islington Meeting (1st Tuesday of month) +*
_*+ Cheltenham +*_
We have a new Cheltenham group. They are just in the process of getting started so please email the coordinator, Lynda Warren on firstname.lastname@example.org, if you’d like to be involved.
Please also join the Cheltenham mailing list on:
_*+ Dorking +*_
Dorking Group are starting 2009 with a street stall in Crawley on 31st January. Our target for this year is to collect 4000 signatures. Also we will push more councils into passing anti-ID Card motions and we are looking to organise another public meeting.
*+ 31st January – NO2ID Dorking Street Stall, Crawley +*
*+ 3rd February – NO2ID Dorking Meeting (1st Tuesday of month) +*
_*+ Edinburgh +*_
_*+ Glasgow +*_
*+ 28th February – **Scottish satellite Convention on Modern Liberty (in Glasgow) +*
The Scottish Convention on Modern Liberty will be taking place on Saturday 28th February (9:30am to 5:30pm), in parallel with other conventions across the UK. Its focus will be “Surveillance in Scottish Society”. There will be speakers and debates on related topics, as well as live broadcasts of key note and plenary sessions from the London event.
The venue is the Institute for Advanced Studies, James Weir Building, University of Strathclyde, 75 Montrose Street, Glasgow G1 1XJ, which is less than 10 minutes walk from the main bus and train stations in the city centre.
Entrance is free, but donations would be greatly appreciated to cover the costs of a buffet lunch and drinks. To reserve a place, please contact Geraint at Glasgow@ModernLiberty.net
The event is being organised jointly by NO2ID and the Institute for Advanced Studies, “a place for unconstrained thinking where ground-breaking concepts can be developed and explored to benefit the culture, society and economy of Scotland and the UK and their future scientific and technological capabilities. The Institute funds programmes bringing together key participants from around the world in a physical location in central Glasgow, hosted by the University of Strathclyde. By crossing disciplinary boundaries, and with knowledge exchange with the public at their heart, programmes aim to inform public policy and practice.” www.instituteforadvancedstudies.org.uk
_*+ Hackney +*_
*+ 4th February – NO2ID Hackney Meeting +*
_*+ Leeds +*_
*+ 14th February – Leeds NO2ID Meeting +*
_*+ London +*_
*+ EVENT CANCELLED – January 2009 – Superheroes Against National ID Cards protest +*
_*+ Manchester +*_
*+ 14th February – Manchester NO2ID Street Stall +*
*+ 18th February – Manchester NO2ID Meeting +*
*+ 28th February – Manchester satellite Convention on Modern Liberty +*
The Convention on Modern Liberty is a call to all concerned with attacks on our fundamental rights and freedoms under pressure from counter-terrorism, financial breakdown and the database state.
Manchester NO2ID is organising a breakout convention alongside the main event in London, featuring live video feeds of the keynote speeches and panel sessions, during which the Manchester audience will be able to relay questions directly to London for the panels. There will also be two sets of discussion sessions covering different aspects of civil liberties in which our guests are encouraged to participate.
Our breakout Convention takes place at Manchester University Student’s Union (tbc), Oxford Road, Manchester on Saturday 28th February from 9am to 7pm. For more information, watch this space or contact Manchester NO2ID.
Full details at manchester.no2id.net/
_*+ Norwich +*_
*+ 9th February – Norwich NO2ID relaunch meeting +*
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Tom Read on email@example.com.
We hope to see you on the 9th and thank you for your continued support of our campaign.
If you are interested in the work of the Norwich group, please join their mailing list on: www.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.norwich
_*+ Oxford +*_
*+ 31st January – Oxford NO2ID Street Stall +*
*+ 5th February – Oxford NO2ID Meeting (1st Thursday of month) +*
See the website for more: no2id-oxford.org.uk/
_*+ Portsmouth +*_
*+ 4th February – Portsmouth NO2ID 1st Meeting (1st Wednesday of month
If you’re unable to attend, but are interested in the activity of the group, please join the Portsmouth mailing list on: lists.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.portsmouth/
_*+ Shrewsbury +*_
*+ 16th February – Shrewsbury NO2ID “dining club” (3rd Monday of the
_*+ York +*_
A York group of NO2ID has now been formed with Ruth Prosser acting as the local co-ordinator. An inaugural meeting is currently being planned and will be advertised shortly. In the meantime if you live in the area Ruth can be contacted at York@no2id.net or you can contact James Elsdon-Baker the regional Yorkshire co-ordinator at Yorkshire@no2id.net
*+ 20th January – Free Spirits Meeting +*
_*+ Yorkshire +*_
*+ 31st January – Yorskhire NO2ID Street Stall, Hebden Bridge +*
++ “ID” in the news ++
*+ Explainer: Data sharing – The Guardian 22/1/09 +*
*+ Facebook ‘super database’ protesters plan to spam Home Office – Computerworld UK 22/1/09 +*
*+ It’s going to be a long, hard road to defend our liberties – The Independent 19/1/09 +*
*+ Let the war on hypocrisy begin – The Observer 18/1/09 +*
*+ Whitehall departments to share personal data – The Guardian 15/1/09 +*
+ New giant database will store private details of EVERY person in ‘Big Brother’ Britain – Daily Mail 15/1/09 +*
*+ MEPs set to debate new biometric rules for passports – europarl
*+ School bosses tell pupils: no meals without an ID card – Sunday Herald 11/1/09 +*
(Please send me any items of interest you encounter – Editor(firstname.lastname@example.org) )
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