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JUST BECAUSE THINGS *SEEM* QUIET...
...doesn't mean they aren't pushing ahead.
For all his talk of 'liberty' and hand-wringing about privacy, Gordon
Brown appears unswerving in his support of the National ID Scheme and
vastly-expanded sharing of your personal information across government.
Ministers may say "we should have a debate" on this and that, but it's
all a smokescreen - they're carrying on regardless.
The Home Office just shortlisted 8 lead suppliers to go into the next
stage of ID procurement, predicted to last until June 2008. ID
interrogations for 16+ year olds begin in earnest this autumn, a year
later than intended. The price of the passport has just been hiked
again, ramping up to pay for ID cards and the rest of the scheme.
The battle is far from over, but only with your help and support can we
keep the pressure on and win.
Over the past three years, NO2ID and its supporters have helped wake
the "sleepwalking" nation. We've directly and demonstrably influenced
the national media, public and Parliamentary opinion. Few would now
deny that we're living in a surveillance state, and it's getting *much*
worse. PLEASE JOIN THE CAMPAIGN NOW - it's more important than ever.
Your subs and donations keep the national office in operation, and help
support campaigning the length and breadth of the UK. Every penny you
give is spent on the fight against ID cards and the database state.
Don't wait until it's too late.
If you haven't done so already, or if you've been meaning to renew,
please download a form or set up a standing order - details on our
+++ STOP PRESS ++
'TAKING LIBERTIES' GOES GRASSROOTS
NO2ID have been given permission by Revolver (the UK distributors) to
hold "non-theatrical" screenings of 'Taking Liberties' - i.e. local
groups and supporters can show the DVD to a public audience, so long as
they are not charged for entry. The film provides an ideal springboard
for discussion, debate and reaching new people.
***PLEASE NOTE*** You will still need to ensure that the
screening venue has an appropriate Premises License from the Local
Authority. For venues without a Premises License and for audiences of
up to 499 people, a Temporary Event Notification (TEN) can be issued
for just £21.
As well as copies of Revolver's permission and further details / TEN
forms, we have a limited number of A1-sized posters that can be used to
promote screenings - if you would like to organise one, please contact email@example.com
BIRMINGHAM / WEST MIDLANDS REGIONAL MEETING
Phil Booth, National Coordinator, will be coming to Birmingham this
November for a meeting of all NO2ID groups in the West Midlands, open
to everyone who wants to do something in the fight against ID cards and
the database state on their patch. Come and learn how to set up a group
and campaign in your area; meet other campaigners and share ideas; find
out where the ID scheme and related initiatives are heading, and what
you can do about it.
DATE & TIME: Saturday 24th November 2007, 10:30am for
VENUE: The Priory Rooms, Friends Meeting House, 40 Bull Street,
Birmingham B4 6AF
[Heading on after 13:00 to The Old Contemptibles, 175 Edmund Street for
lunch/beer and further planning.]
Local groups news
have groups in
36 of the 69 locations
interrogation centres (see www.no2id.net/getInvolved/idCentres.php).
you can help to set up a local group in one of the remaining towns then
please contact our Local Groups liaisons Matty and Deborah at
full list of
can be found at www.no2id.net/localGroups
Canterbury & Newport groups get new co-ordinators
We have a new group co-ordinator, Mike Singleton, for the Newport
NO2ID. He and the Newport group can be contacted at
Our Canterbury group also has a new co-ordinator,
Carol McIntosh who can be contacted at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Lancaster NO2ID looking for new co-ordinator
Our Lancaster group is looking for a new group co-ordinator. Anyone in
the area interested in taking on this role should contact email@example.com and come to their next meeting.
Saturdays 1pm - 3pm - NO2ID Edinburgh street stall
Every week, weather permitting, you will find our campaigning stall at
the east end of Princes Street, opposite the Balmoral Hotel. Do
by for a chat. New volunteers - please contact John (firstname.lastname@example.org),
and for more group information see http://www.no2id-scotland.net/edinburgh/
Most Saturdays 2pm - NO2ID Glasgow Street Stall
Most Saturdays there are stalls in Glasgow city centre (usually
Buchanan Street) from about 2pm. Volunteers are always welcome, please
contact Geraint if you would like to help: email@example.com
Passport interrogations (Glasgow)
Glasgow NO2ID are keen to hear from anyone who has been summoned to
attend the interrogation centre at Blythswood House after applying for
their first passport. Please contact Geraint at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Charlie at myspace.com/no2idglasgow
30th October and 13th, 27th November - Glasgow NO2ID fortnightly
Tuesday, 30th October, 13th November and 27th November at 8pm in Mono.
Glasgow NO2ID's regular fortnightly meetings. All welcome. Map: http://www.glasgow-no2id.org.uk/meeting.html
31st October - Leicester NO2ID monthly meeting
Wednesday, 31st October 7.30pm at The Blues pub, Oadby. All welcome.
1st November - Glasgow City Council to debate anti ID cards motion
Thursday, 1st November - Glasgow City Council will be debating a motion
opposing ID cards. The motion is being proposed by the Green group,
with support promised from Conservative, Liberal Democrat and SNP
councillors. If you live in Glasgow, please write to your councillors,
particularly those from the Labour party, asking them to support the
motion. You can find out who your councillors are, and their contact
details, on the Glasgow council website: http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/en/
1st November - Oxford NO2ID meeting
Thursday, 1st November 8pm at The Mitre on the High Street
Oxford NO2ID will
be having another informal meeting. We will be discussing our progress
towards a public meeting. This had a boost when election fever was
rampant - we contacted all the local
candidates about a possible hustings. This means we have plenty of
local parliamentary candidates (including Peter Tatchell) who would be
keen to speak at such an event. Further ideas on other speakers or
other campaigning opportunites would be very welcome. See you there.
3rd November - NO2ID Cambridge Stall
Saturday, 3rd November at 10am in the usual spot outside Cambridge
Guildhall. Location Map: http://tinyurl.com/eo42r. We hope
to have a
local MEP with us for a photo opportunity. As ever, volunteers to help
very welcome - please email email@example.com, or
text/call Andrew on
07710 469624 if you can make it.
7th November - Worcester NO2ID inaugural meeting
Wednesday, 7th November 8pm at The Portobello, 139 Bransford Road,
The recently resurrected Worcester branch is now up and running, with a
campaign targeting all ninety plus city and county councillors, as well
as the local and regional media. All welcome.
7th November - Cambridge NO2ID pub meeting
Wednesday, 7th November 7.30pm at the Free Press (pub), 7 Prospect Row,
Cambridge CB1 1DU (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=cb1+1du).
NO2ID's informal pub meetings are on the first Wednesday of each month.
For more details contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or
text/call Andrew on
8th November - Taking Liberties Screening, Manchester
Thursday, 8th November 7.30-9pm at the Friends Meeting House, Mount
Street, Manchester. Manchester Projectile Films, in association with
Manchester NO2ID and Manchester Defy-ID, present a screening of
acclaimed documentary Taking Liberties. The screening will start at
7:30pm sharp, and will be followed by a discussion session in the
Waterhouse pub on Princess Street.
10th November - Manchester NO2ID Street Stall
Saturday, 10th November 1-3pm in St. Anne's Square. The main objectives
of the afternoon will be to raise awareness among the public, engage
people in discussion about the NIR, and collect petitions for the NO2ID
petition to keep people in touch with the campaign. We'll meet in the
square itself at 1pm to set up shop; feel free to join us to lend a
hand or just chat. You don't need any experience or equipment, just a
bit of time to spare and a friendly smile! For more information email email@example.com or call 07982 814441.
14th November - Manchester NO2ID Meeting
Wednesday, 14th November 7-9pm in the upstairs function room of the
Town Hall Tavern, Tib Lane, Manchester. Sadly, this venue is not
wheelchair-accessible; please contact us if you have accessibility
needs. At our monthly meetings we discuss the state of the NO2ID
campaign, what we've been up to recently and where we're going in
future. Everyone is welcome, newcomer or not, curious or committed.
The Town Hall Tavern serves reasonably-priced, good quality food until
9pm so you don't need to pop home for tea - you can even order your
meal brought up to the function room. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07982 814441.
What just happened?
'They're coming for your kids' follow-up
The good people at Action on Rights for Children (ARCH) have just set
up 'eCAF alert', an independent, confidential route to collect and
analyse practitioners’ views and observations on the new eCAF system
currently being "rolled out" across children's services and agencies.
If you are involved in the field and have anything you'd like to share
in absolute confidence, please visit http://www.ecafalert.org.uk/
Cambridge hoist Identity Fraud Prevention Week by its own petard
Cambridge NO2ID helped publicise National Identity Fraud Prevention
Week, with Alex Hayes being interviewed by Jeremy Sallis on Radio
Cambridgeshire on Friday 12th October. Needless to say, she took the
opportunity to mention that the government ID card scheme would likely
make ID fraud worse, not better. If the government really cared about
identity fraud then it would buy every household in the UK a free
shredder, rather than pretending that issuing ID cards and putting
everyone on a national database is somehow going to help.
Listen again at: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/ajwatson/no2id-audio/07-10-12_Radio_Cambs.mp3
Manchester NO2ID gets new contact phone number
As part of their ongoing attempts to make the group more contactable,
Manchester NO2ID now has its own mobile phone number. This number will
be distributed on all future Manchester NO2ID literature and made
public on the groups website etc. The number is 07982 814441.
Manchester NO2ID's focus is turning to the Scottish Entitlement Card -
this Oyster-style card, rolled out under the guise of free bus travel
for pensioners, already has over half a million people on a centralised
entitlement database used for multiple purposes. They are calling on
Manchester supporters tp please contact your councillors about this
issue at http://www.writetothem.com/ and
make sure that the proposed
GMPTE travel pass is not used to compel Manchester citizens into the
Cardiff NO2ID off to a flying start
Our new NO2ID Cardiff group held its first successful meeting on 18th
October. The group agreed having a regular monthly meeting on the third
Thursday of every month at 7.30pm (the next meeting will be on the
15th November). The group plan to lobby MPs, councillors and Assembly
members as well as inform the public about ID cards and the National
Identity Register. Group co-ordinator Solomon Cardy said: "Informing
the public is probably the most important thing at the moment as most
of the public seem to be ill informed about this issue and some think
that the whole plan has been thrown away as there is little talk of it
recently." The group also plan to set up a stall in Queen St, Cardiff
every Saturday at 1.30 (meet at 1.15ish outside Nationwide in Queen
St). For more information contact (email@example.com).
Co-op fingerprint payment system no so popular after all
Back in 2006 the Midcounties Co-operative Society won the 'Most
Effective Use of IT in Retail' award as part of the Effective IT 2006
awards for the introduction of a biometric payment system 'pay by
touch' (see Newsletter issue 53). The Co-op claimed that a survey they
took showed that "more than half the customers questioned said they had
either registered for the system or intended to do so". This was of
some surprise to our supporters in Oxford who told us that they had
never seen anyone use the system. An article in last week's Computing
magazine reports that "the Co-op pilot has had positive results. But
rollout has stalled". A reader comment on the online version says:
"Contrary to the statement above, I visited my local Co-op supermarket
recently where they 'were' using Pay by Touch; the system has now been
removed so I think there's a bit of 'spin' in the above comments". Pay
by Touch are now looking to banks to revive their biometric system.
California bans forced RFID implants
A law which took effect in California on 15 October prohibits the
forced implant of RFID chips. In practice, this makes it illegal to
require somebody to have an RFID implant under the skin as a condition
for receiving something else - such as a salary or government
benefits. Reports suggest that about 2000 people have had chips
implanted to date.
ID cards no good for AVS, German court says
German porn sites which require an ID card number before access are not
complying with laws to protect the under-18s, the country's highest
civil court has ruled. The judges pointed out that children can easily
"borrow" IDs from their parents or other adults. So ID numbers are not
an adequate age verification system (AVS).
RFID: do what I say, not what I do
Among the voices telling Germans that the RFID chips in their passports
are perfectly secure, the soothing tones of the Federal Criminal Office
(BKA) are sometimes to be heard. So the citizenry was less than charmed
to learn that the BKA's President has bought a screened cover for his
own travel document. But German diplomats need not worry. They are to
be exempted from carrying chipped passports, due to "the particular
"ID" in the news
E-borders kills off UK-Ireland passport free travel - The Register
The UK's implementation of an electronic borders system by 2009 will
mean the end of the UK-Republic of Ireland Common Travel Area, which
allows passport-free travel between the two countries. The move will
not however lead to the introduction of border controls on the
Republic's land border with Northern Ireland, but will lead to passport
checks, or something very like them, for travellers between Northern
Ireland and the UK mainland.
Visitors to Japan to be fingerprinted - The Financial Times 25/10/07
Millions of visitors to Japan will be required to have their
photographs and fingerprints taken from next month as part of new
immigration procedures meant to help prevent terrorist attacks. The
move, which includes fingerprinting longtime permanent foreign
residents, marks the first time a country other than the US has
introduced such procedures.
Kiwis felt ID cards wouldn’t fly - Computer Weekly 25/10/07
New Zealand has rejected physical identity cards, central databases and
data matching in creating its national identity scheme, one of the
scheme's architects told the RSA Europe conference in London on 24
Biometrics help security trump privacy - infosecurity magazine
New biometric technologies and plans for increased surveillance are
jeopardising society’s right to liberty and privacy, argued David
Murakami Wood, managing editor of Surveillance & Society,
at the Biometrics 2007 conference on Friday 19 October. Wood used UK
identity cards as his first example: “ID cards should be about securing
citizens. If they become about securing the state, we need to question
security and what it’s there for,” Wood argued.
Schoolkid chipping trial 'a success' - The Register 22/10/07
A school in Doncaster is piloting a monitoring system designed to keep
tabs on pupils by tracking radio chips in their uniforms. According to
the Doncaster Free Press, Hungerhill School is testing RFID tracking
and data collection on 10 pupils within the school. It's been developed
by local company Darnbro Ltd, which says it is ready to launch the
product into the £300m school uniform market.
Plan to ‘hijack’ bus passes as ID cards - The Sunday Herald 21/10/07
A cross-border spat erupted last night over new Home Office plans for
compulsory ID cards in Scotland. The Sunday Herald can reveal that the
UK government is considering fast-tracking the project by using the
micro-chipped bus passes held by more than a million Scots. Whitehall
officials have set up a working group which will look at how to
piggyback the National Identity Register (NIR) on to the Executive's
entitlement card scheme.
IBM, EDS, BAE Bid to Work on U.K. ID Card Program - Bloomberg
BAE Systems Plc, Electronic Data Systems Corp. and International
Business Machines Corp. were among eight companies that won the right
to bid for work on Britain's 5.3 billion-pound ($10 billion) ID card
program. Five companies will be chosen in May 2008 to operate Britain's
first national identification card program since World War II.
Image database is latest technology added to border control
platform - Computer Weekly 15/10/07
Immigration minister Liam Byrne last week unveiled a £50,000
image-based database system that associates fingerprints, a visa and a
unique passport number with an individual. The pilot system to confirm
the identity of visitors to the UK will run at Gatwick North Terminal
from September 2007 to April 2008, using data from visa applicants from
Sierra Leone. If successful, the government may extend it to cover up
to five million visitors a year from non-European countries, excluding
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