December 2009 Telecom firms’ fury at plan for ‘Stasi’ checks on every phone call and email
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+ NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: JOIN NO2ID — OR ENCOURAGE SOMEONE ELSE TO JOIN +
The database state continues to grow. The ID cards scheme is being rolled out in Manchester and across the North West from January with those aged 16-24 in London to be targeted in early 2010. Government initiatives seem to be launched every other month or so, none of them well thought-out, all of them a danger to privacy and liberty.
To keep up with all this and keep you informed takes time. To do something about it – whether that is campaigning, or lobbying politicians and journalists, printing information leaflets and adverts, or organising public events – inevitably also takes money. Which means we need members. Almost all our funding now comes from membership fees and donations from individual supporters – we are hardly likely to get a government grant and we stay independent of any political patronage of any kind.
If you value the information we send you and the work we are doing then please join. If you are already a member then why not make it a new year’s resolution to get one other person to join NO2ID.
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*+ Democracy Club. What are *your* candidates doing this election? +
*A new website has been set up to create an independent network of volunteers who want to help transparency groups like mySociety and The Straight Choice to hold election candidates and representatives to account. Democracy Club is aiming to arm voters this election with as much information as possible about the views of their candidates. It needs grass-roots information gatherers: you! It will provide an opportunity to ask candidates not only about Identity Cards and the Database State, but also *other* issues too, including those specific to your areas. At our AGM, many attendees were interested in what the Election means to us. By signing up to this project, you can help both NO2ID and Democracy Club at the same time. Visit www.democracyclub.org.uk to learn more
*+ New Voter Registration Law +
*The Political Parties and Elections Act became law in July. The act includes a process of introducing individual electoral registration in Great Britain from 1st July 2010. The Electoral Commission guide states: “From 2011 onwards, the Commission will report annually to Parliament on the progress of the voluntary collection of personal identifiers – National Insurance number, signature and date of birth – from electors, to make sure that the conditions are appropriate before any move to compulsory provision of identifiers.” The new law will create another readily-searched and cross-referenced official list that you must be on.
*+ North West : Stop the ID Card Con volunteers required +*
Following the news that ID cards will be rolled-out across the North West region in January we are having a call out for volunteers to help oppose the scheme across the region. This is a crucial period for the campaign and by getting involved you can help play your part in history by ensuring this scheme is defeated. We are particularly seeking coordinators for Liverpool, Birkenhead, Blackburn, Burnley, Stoke-on-Trent, Carlisle, St.Helens and Warrington. Volunteering for the campaign makes a real difference, and James our North of England coordinator promises to find something for you to do, no matter how little time you have, or what you feel confident with. If you would like a friendly chat about what you might be willing to do please email James on North@no2id.net or give him a call on 07817605162.
*+ Reckless misuse of personal data consultation +*
The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation ‘Knowing or reckless misuse of personal data – introducing custodial sentences’ described as a consultation on “exercising the power to provide for custodial sanctions for those found guilty of knowingly or recklessly obtaining, disclosing, selling or procuring the disclosure of personal data without the consent of the data controller”. The consultation closes on 7th January 2010. Full details and how to respond at www.justice.gov.uk/consultations/misuse-personal-data.htm
** *+ POWER2010 campaign wants your ideas +*
NO2ID supporters are invited to contribute ideas for the POWER2010 campaign, which will set out a reforming agenda at the next general election. Naturally NO2ID would like ideas about curtailing the database state to feature, but you are certainly not limited to that. You can contribute ANY ideas for governmental reform on the campaign’s website at: (www.power2010.org.uk). The ideas with most support will become the POWER2010 Pledge, which the campaign intends to invite every candidate standing at the next general election to make the pledge into their own public commitment, so that the new parliament will be fully aware of what the public thinks of those building-blocks of government which are fundamental but seldom covered by manifestos.
*+ Have your say – National Identity Service Public Panels +*
The UK Identity and Passport Service (UKIPS) is setting up public panels around the country to get the views of members of the public as they build the “National Identity Service”. Public panels will be made up of 11 members, and will meet for half a day up to three times a year. The aim is to “produce an Identity Rights Charter. This will set out the rights and responsibilities people, businesses and the Government have under the NIS”. To join a panel you can fill in the online form at www.ips.gov.uk/publicpanel or call 020 3356 8174. More details at www.ips.gov.uk/cps/rde/xchg/ips_live/hs.xsl/1189.htm
“ID” in the news
*+ Telecom firms’ fury at plan for ‘Stasi’ checks on every phone call and email – Daily Mail 27/12/09 +*
Telecoms firms have accused the Government of acting like the East German Stasi over plans to force them to store the details of every phone call for at least a year.
*+ Bars losing millions in chaos on ID cards – Daily Mail 26/12/09 +*
Britain’s pubs and clubs are in trouble. The smoking ban, recession and the trend towards home entertainment have all taken their toll. But many venues are turning away millions of pounds worth of potential business as confusion over an identity scheme causes chaos. www.dailymail.co.uk/money/article-12385
*+ Man’s Christmas break ruined after P&O Ferries blocked his new ID card – Daily Mirror 23/12/09 +*
A couple’s Christmas break was ruined after the husband was told he could not use his ID card to catch a ferry. Norman Eastwood, 64, had been assured the new Government document was valid for travel within Europe. But when he arrived at Hull for a trip to Rotterdam, P&O told him they had no knowledge of the cards, only available in the North West.
*+ Young Londoners next in line for ID cards – Kable 23/12/09 +*
The Home Office has confirmed that it will make identity cards available to 16- to 24-year-olds in the capital early next year. The offices of the Identity and Passport Service near London’s Victoria Station will be open for people in the specified age range to register for a voluntary identity card.
*+ e-borders could be illegal under EU law, say MPs – computing 18/12/09 +*
The UK’s e-borders programme to gather information electronically on all travellers entering or leaving the UK will be illegal on intra-EU routes under the EU treaty, say MPs. And proposals to include new routes in the programme must be put on hold until concerns over legality and data protection issues are resolved, the home affairs committee said in a report today.
*+ Home Office minister Meg Hillier forgets ID Card – on visit to promote ID cards – Liverpool Echo 15/12/09 +*
A government minister came to Liverpool to promote the national ID card scheme – but left hers at home. Home Office minister Meg Hillier was in town to advertise the roll out of the controversial Government project across the North West in the new year.
*+ DVLA data powers likely to be abused by foreign officials – The Register 14/12/09 +*
Personal data belonging to nearly 40 million UK motorists is likely to be abused by foreign officials under new automatic access powers, according to a restricted report. Drivers’ details such as name, address, motoring convictions and some medical information will be available to more than two dozen European countries around the clock under the Prüm Convention.
*+ Liverpool declares itself an ID-free zone – The Register 11/12/09 +*
Liverpool City Council passed a motion last night vowing not to co-operate with Home Office plans to extend its ID card trial to the city early next year.
(Please send me any items of interest you encounter – Editor(firstname.lastname@example.org) )
*+ LOCAL GROUPS NEWS + *
To see if there’s a group in your area check our list at www.no2id.net/localgroups/ Or, if you’re interested in starting a group yourself, please contact Matty on email@example.com to discuss what’s involved and what we have in place to support coordinators and their groups.
_*+ Cambridge +*_
*+ 6th January – Cambridge NO2ID Pub Meeting +*
+ 16th January – Cambridge NO2ID Street Stall +*
_**__*+ Canterbury +*_
To stay up to date join the Canterbury NO2ID mailing list on: lists.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.canterbury
_*+ Dorking +*_
*+ 5th January – Dorking NO2ID Monthly Meeting (first Tuesday of month) +*
_*+ Dover +*_*
*To stay up to date with Dover NO2ID join our mailing list on: lists.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.dover
_**__*+ Edinburgh + *_***** ****+
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 drop by for a chat. New volunteers – please contact John (firstname.lastname@example.org), and for more group information see www.no2id-scotland.net/edinburgh/
_*+ Epsom +*_
If anyone wants to get involved in the Epsom area, please email or phone NO2ID South East Regional Coordinator Geoff Cox on email@example.com or call 01306 631377.
_*+ Exeter +*_
** _*+ Glasgow +*_
*+ 5th January – Glasgow NO2ID Monthly Meeting +*
_*+ Hull and East Riding +*_
*+ 3rd December – Hull and East Riding NO2ID Meeting +*
_*+ Ipswich +*_* *
If you are interested in the work of the Ipswich group, please join their mailing list on: www.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.ipswich
_*+ Lancaster +*_
*+ Late January, date TBC – Lancaster NO2ID Meeting and Street Stall +*
Subscribe to the Lancaster NO2ID e-mail list at www.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.lancaster
_*+ Liverpool +*_
*+ 16th January – Liverpool NO2ID Meeting and Street Stall +*
_*+ Manchester +*_
*+ 9th January – Manchester NO2ID Street Stall +*
*+ 13th January – Manchester NO2ID Monthly Meeting +*
Wednesday 13th January, 7-9pm, venue TBC. 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.
**_*+ Norwich +*_ * **+ 9th January –
Norwich NO2ID Street Stall +*
*+ 12th January – Norwich NO2ID Meeting +*
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 +*_
*+ 7th January – Oxford NO2ID Monthly Meeting +*
See the website for more: no2id-oxford.org.uk/
_*+ Portsmouth +*_
Join the Portsmouth mailing list at lists.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.portsmouth/
_*+ Reading +*_* *
_*+ Southampton +*_
*+ 6th January – Southampton NO2ID Monthly Meeting +*
_*+ Watford +*_* *
Please contact Colin Simmons on firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in giving a couple of hours a month to join us.
_*+ York +*_
*+ 9th January – York NO2ID Meeting and Street Stall +*
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