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25/8/05
NO2ID NEWSLETTER – Supporter’s Newsletter No.27 – 25th August 2005
  

+ PRE THIRD READING LOBBYING

Our lobbying and parliamentary team (swollen by a number of recent
volunteers and professionals) has been working hard to identify our top 40
target MPs for the 3rd Reading and to gather intelligence on them. This
process is almost complete. Assuming that all the other parties continue to
vote as they have, we need to convince just 16 Labour MPs (quite a number of
whom have absented themselves repeatedly from a 3 line Whip) to vote against
a bill that the Home Office now openly admits it has ‘oversold’.

+ SUMMER CAMPAIGN UPDATE

Over the next few weeks you may get an e-mail from us if you live in one of
our target constituencies. We would *very* much like those who can to
volunteer to help start a local group in these areas – if there isn’t one
there already – so that we can coordinate our efforts and make use of local
connections and knowledge over the next couple of months’ activities.

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++ WHAT YOU CAN DO
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The ID cards bill is likely to get its 3rd Reading in the House of Commons
in October. There are a number of ways you can help:

+ 1. SIGN OUR NEW MILLION POUND PLEDGE
We’re building a fund to support the 11,000+ refuseniks who have already
signed our other pledge – fighting legal battles every step of the way,
should the Government force through the legislation and proceed with their
ID scheme. A public pledge of 1,000,000 even before they have started
should give the Home Office something to think about.

Please, if you can, make your pledge at www.pledgebank.com/resist or
by texting ‘pledge resist’ to 6022 [standard text rate].
Pass on or promote this message/link to as many sympathetic people and
groups, mailing lists, bulletin boards and publications as you can *without
spamming*.

+ 2. LOBBY/WRITE TO YOUR MP
Write or lobby/speak to your MP (in constituency surgeries) and encourage
them to vote against the bill at 3rd Reading and to sign EDM 263 against
identity cards now.
Fax Westminster MPs – www.faxyourmp.com/
Early Day Motion(EDM) 263
edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=28464

+ 3. HELP US BY JOINING NO2ID / DONATING
Please join NO2ID, if you are not already a paid-up member.
(There’s a membership form at www.no2id.net/downloads/membForm.pdf)
OR
Donate some money towards campaign expenses.
NO2ID, Box 412, 78 Marylebone High Street, LONDON W1U 5AP

+ 4. GET INVOLVED WITH LOCAL GROUPS
We now have 70 local groups up and down the country. Please get in touch
with your local group if you can help out locally. See
www.no2id.net/localGroups
* We also maintain a list of things you can do on our website at
www.no2id.net/getInvolved/other.php

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++ WHAT’S NEXT?
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+ FORTHCOMING OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL ID CARD VOTE

Oxfordshire County Council will vote on a motion against ID cards next
month(13th September). In January Oxford City Council condemned the
government’s ID card scheme following a motion by Green Councillor Matt
Sellwood. Now Liberal Democrat councillor Alan Armitage has submitted a
motion calling on Oxfordshire County Council to deliver public services
without requiring the production of an ID card. A similar stance has been
taken by both the Scottish Parliament and Welsh assemblies, and a number of
other local councils around the country along with the London Assembly have
passed motions outlining their disapproval of the government’s proposed id
card scheme.

In the run up to the council vote NO2ID Oxford will have a stall in the town
centre on Saturday 10th September. They are also planning a public meeting
in Oxford on the 13th September. Oxford NO2ID hold fortnightly meetings
(next meeting 25th August).

For more information or to volunteer to help with the stall on the 10th
September contact oxford@no2id.net or see
www.no2id-oxford.org/forum/.

+ CAMPAIGN MATERIALS

Posters, brochures, t-shirts and other materials are available from the
NO2ID office. Groups can now get banners and collecting boxes too. NO2ID
Horsham coordinator John Brazier has commissioned a small number of NO2ID
sweatshirts out of his own pocket. It is a short run so they are available
on a first come first served basis, with all proceeds going to campaign
funds. Contact the office for details: office@no2id.net

+ CAMPAIGNER’S HANDBOOK

Members running, or thinking of running a local group, should be aware of
the Campaigner’s Handbook, downloadable from the NO2ID website at
www.no2id.net/downloads/index.php

+ 1st SEPTEMBER NO2ID “AUGUST” MEETING, LONDON

Thursday, 1st September 2005 (venue to be confirmed).
Join No2ID for an informal meeting in Central London to find out more about
our plans. Details are still being confirmed, and are subject to numbers: it
would be very useful if you could let us know if you’re coming, by
registering in advance (at www.no2id.net/events/augpubmeet.php). This
will also enable us to contact you with details as they’re confirmed.
[*Please note that this date has changed from 25th August to 1st September*]

Under discussion, will be:

1. National Coordinator’s welcome & update

2. No2ID’s Summer Campaigning Activities

* constituency-based

* party conferences

* festivals, etc.

3. Questions & suggestions from the floor

4. Any other business

No2ID merchandise will be available, and we shall also facilitate membership
renewals.
More details will be confirmed on the website and in email to registrants.

+ PARTY CONFERENCES

NO2ID will be holding fringe meetings at the party conferences this year,
which will take place in September/October.

Confirmed to date:
+ 26 September NO2ID at Labour Party Conference
Monday, 26 September 2005, 7.00pm – 8.30pm at Brighthelm Auditorium, North
Road, Brighton BN1 1YD.
We are looking for Brighton based volunteers to help at this event.

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++ WHAT JUST HAPPENED?
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+ WEST BERKSHIRE COUNCIL AFFILIATE TO NO2ID

West Berkshire Council passed a motion last month stating its opposition to
the introduction of national identity cards. The motion also stated that in
their opinion the estimated 3-5 billion which will be saved by scrapping
plans for ID cards should be used to employ 10,000 new police and 20,000 new
police community support officers. The council has also now affiliated to
NO2ID.

+ ID CARDS AND SURVEILLANCE

A number of newspapers over the last couple of weeks have reported that ID
cards could be used for mass surveillance. The stories focused on warnings
from MPs that face recognition could be used in combination with CCTV to
produce a ‘Minority Report’ type world of almost constant surveillance.

It appears that such technology is to be introduced first with the
introduction of biometric passports, which the government intend to later
link to the proposed ID card scheme. Tony Blair speaking at a Number 10
press conference at the end of June said: “There is now the technology to
move to a biometric passport, […] with fingerprint and facial recognition
of the holder”. This is echoed in the recently released United Kingdom
Passport Service(UKPS) Annual Report which states that “the UKPS will be
able to step up the use of facial recognition (FR) technology over the next
year with the advent of the ‘new photo standards’ scanners”.

There is much controversy as to the accuracy of facial recognition software.
The Face Recognition Vendor Test(FRVT) 2002 only found a match rate of
around 95% when the false match rate was at a whopping 10%. Other findings
at FRVT 2002 include “males are easier to recognize than females”, “younger
people are harder to recognize than older people” and “outdoor face
recognition performance needs improvement”. Clearly the technology has a
long way to go, but FRVT 2005 will report later this year and many in the
biometrics industry expect it to improve on these rates.

Vendors of face recognition software will be selling their wares at the
Biometrics 2005 exhibition in Westminster(20th-21st October). One such
company is NEC, who in their Biometrics Solutions brochure very helpfully
explain that “the face is an important aspect of human behaviour, whilst
also being a basic instrument of social interaction”.

It seems incredible that Britain and the international community are
spending billions of pounds on unproven technology that has an unacceptable
failure rate which will cause inconvenience and discomfort to untold
mismatched victims.

See www.frvt.org/FRVT2005/default.aspx and
www.biometrics2005.com

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++ “ID” In the News
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+ ID cards could be used for mass surveillance system
The Government is creating a system of “mass public surveillance” capable of
tracking every adult in Britain without their consent, MPs say.
www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/story.jsp?story=657375

+ Home Office ad seeks ID card firms
The Government is inviting companies to say if they want to bid for a
lucrative contract to print millions of national identity cards months
before MPs have had a chance to vote on the controversial legislation.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/08/17/nid17.xml

+ Lost in the system
The government revealed that plans to create a national database of
addresses – essential for schemes ranging from the identity card to the
reform of the fire service – had been suspended because public agencies had
failed to meet a deadline for agreement.
www.guardian.co.uk/online/story/0,3605,1550761,00.html

+ Biometric flaws mar start of ID card plan
The government has taken the first steps in the technology procurement for
its national biometric identity cards programme. But experts are already
questioning the maturity of the biometric systems at the heart of the
proposals.
www.vnunet.com/computing/news/2141259/biometric-flaws-mar-start-id

+ Technology must not fail ID project
The government has formally started the process that will lead to suppliers
bidding for contracts to provide the technology that will support the
national ID card scheme and its associated identity register
www.vnunet.com/computing/comment/2141253/technology-fail-id-project

+ Teachers may get first ID cards
At a private briefing in Downing Street for a group of Labour party
researchers, Andy Burnham, a Home Office minister, said the government was
considering forcing anyone who had to go through a criminal record check to
hold an ID card.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1734311,00.html

+ Dept for Transport to trial RFID number plates
The Department for Transport(DfT) is to test vehicle number plates
containing RFID (Radio Frequency Identification). A Department spokesman
said the point of the test is to see whether microchips will make number
plates harder to tamper with or clone.
www.autoindustry.co.uk/news/industry_news/17-08-05_2

+ China: ID numbers go online
A newly established personal identification information database started
operation Saturday to help citizens expose swindlers who use false ID cards
to cheat people. If you feel suspicious about a person’s identity, you can
simply send a mobile phone short message including his ID number and name.
english.peopledaily.com.cn/200508/22/eng20050822_203934.html

+ Biometrics to feature at global symposium on machine readable travel
documents
On 29 and 30 September 2005, the International Civil Aviation Organization
(ICAO) will hold a global symposium on Machine Readable Travel Documents
(MRTDs) and biometric-enhanced e-passports, at its Headquarters in Montreal.
www.traveldailynews.com/new.asp?newid=24421&subcategory_id=53
www.icao.int/icao/en/atb/fal/MRTDsymposium/Index.html

+ Ireland: Outrage over ID cards to beat welfare fraud
Plans to issue picture ID cards to social welfare recipients have triggered
outrage among civil liberties campaigners.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2091-1734736,00.html

+ Australia : Chips in for passports
A $43 million microchip contract signed by Sharp and the Department of
Foreign Affairs has opened the door for delivery of e-passports to
Australian travellers from October 23.
tinyurl.co.uk/0n9j

+ They know where you live
Though the Government has said data from ID cards will not be passed on to
private companies, civil liberties groups warn that there is no safeguard
that subsequent governments will not do so.
tinyurl.co.uk/5hcr

(Please send me any items of interest you encounter –
Editor(newsletter@no2id.net) )
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