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NO2ID newsletter 64 ( not sure 63 went to... will look )
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NO2ID Supporters' Newsletter No. 64 - 1st February 2007
Contacting us: Call or email the office - 020-7793-4005 or ( Please do not reply to this email. (The from address is the not a working email address)

Many thanks to all of you who have already got in touch about setting up a NO2ID group in your area or sent in petition forms following our declaration of 'ID-Day', 26th March 2007.  The head of the UK Passport & Identity Service (UKIPS) has now confirmed on national radio that ID interrogation centres *will* be opening their doors for business around this time.

We have just EIGHT weeks to spread the word.

The majority of those to be called in for interrogation in the first year will be 16-24 year olds, as UKIPS is initially targeting those applying for their first adult passport.

We therefore need you to tell *every* young person that you can that (if they don't already have one) they need to apply for their first adult passport AS SOON AS POSSIBLE so as to avoid a complex, intrusive interview leading to possible later entry on the National Identity Register - as well as the added expense and delay of having to travel to an interrogation centre.

Government documents show that it expects fully 1 in 4 young people to fail to get a passport in time to make their trip because of extended delays in the new system, and it is already paying for adverts to try to fool/convince people that there is some 'benefit' for them in all this. There isn't.

NO2ID will, of course, be taking further action later in February - but it is vital that the message begins to get out to young people NOW, to counteract government propaganda.  E-mail this newsletter directly to (other) young people you know; write to your local papers appealing to parents and grandparents to tell their family members; spread the word on the web, on campuses and at colleges, bulletin boards, MySpace...

We do still want you to use the petition whenever and wherever you can:  The more young people we reach, the better right now.  Please send all completed sheets to NO2ID, Box 412, 19-21 Crawford Street, London W1H 1PJ and thank you for your help - every new supporter and donation helps.

What's next?
An Early Day Motion on the fingerprinting and iris scanning of children in schools was laid in the House of Commons on 19/1/07. Backed by Action on Rights for Children (ARCH),, NO2ID, Open Rights Group(ORG) and cross-party representatives, this EDM is intended to show Parliament just how broad concern actually is on this issue - in preparation for further action. Please write to your MP as soon as possible, using and ask him or her to sign EDM 686: BIOMETRIC DATA COLLECTION IN SCHOOLS

Local groups
We have a new local group in Wimbledon (contact via We have groups all around the country and in 36 of the 69 locations of ID interrogation centres. If you can help to set up a local group in one of the remaining towns then please contact us at ( A full list of local groups can be found at ( , a list of the interrogation centres can be found at ( , there is also a detailed discussion of the interrogation centres on our forum (

NO2ID Cambridge Campaign stall
Cambridge NO2ID will be running Saturday street stalls outside Cambridge Guildhall from 10am onwards on Saturday 17th February, Saturday 10th March and Saturday 7th April. Location Map: Volunteers to help very welcome - contact Andrew Watson via, or on 07710 469624.

Saturdays 1pm - 3pm - NO2ID Edinburgh Campaign stall

After a short break during Christmas and Hogmanay NO2ID Edinburgh has resumed its regular Princes Street campaigning stall on Saturdays. We shall be at our usual location at the east end of Princes Street, opposite the Balmoral Hotel, from 1pm - 3pm. We use our stall to raise public awareness of the Identity Cards scheme, collect donations and entries for the NO2ID petition, and also to increase membership of our group.  Please do pop by for a chat if you happen to be around. We aim to have the stall up and running most Saturdays, and new volunteers are always very welcome. You can see photos of our stall and group contact details at:

5th February - NO2ID Highbury Meeting
Monday, 5th February 6.30pm for a 7pm start at Jorene Celeste at 153 Upper Street, Islington. This meeting will be concentrating on planning activities for the 'ID Day' on 26th March.  If you have any ideas or suggestions to make then please come along. For more details contact

6th February - Hackney/Shoreditch NO2ID meeting(meetings the 1st Tuesday of every month)
Tuesday, 6th February 7:30pm at Bohemia Café & Restaurant, 2 Bohemia Place, London E8 1DU(by Hackney Central Station). Agenda: ID-Day Planning, Hackney Opinion Poll survey, Pub Crawl publicity night 8th Feb. details, Shoreditch group introduction. Contact:  Martin Twomey

6th February Glasgow NO2ID meeting
Tuesday 6th February at 7:30pm in Mono. We have a hectic March planned and lots to do in preparation. Come along and join in the fun. Everyone is welcome! See

7th February NO2ID Brighton Public Meeting - Patient Privacy in the Database State
Wednesday, 7th Feb, 7pm - 9pm at Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton. The Government is planning to upload all of our patient records onto a new database system called the NHS spine. They claim it will allow paramedics quick access to medical information on the scene of an accident but who other than paramedics will be viewing this information? What happens when the information on the database is incorrect? And will this system link in with the surveillance 'audit trail' built into the ID cards system? Speakers: Prof. Ross Anderson, Cllr. Helen Wilkinson, Duncan Campbell, Dr. Bob Brecher.

8th February - Hackney NO2ID Pub Fingerprinting flyering pub crawl
Thursday 1st or 8th February, Hackney NO2ID will be going on a pub crawl, distributing 'pub fingerprinting' flyers and to see how responsive landlords are to samples of the NO2ID beer mats. Volunteers who fancy going for a pint for freedom should contact ( Next Hackney meeting is Tuesday 6th February, see above for venue details.

13th February - NO2ID Swindon Public Meeting
LOCAL MP and LORD STODDART to discuss ‘Whose Identity is it anyway?’

Tuesday, 13th February 7.14pm at Pilgrim Centre in Regents Circus, Swindon. Lord Stoddart of Swindon and Michael Wills M.P will join a cross party panel to discuss, ‘ Whose Identity is it anyway? The Surveillance State has been much in the news. This public debate between representatives of the government will bring the discussion closer to the people of Swindon. ‘Whose identity is it anyway?’ will be debated at the Pilgrim Centre  on Tuesday the 13th of February 2007. Doors open to the public at 7.15 pm and the meeting starts at 7.30 pm. Entry is free.

22nd February Manchester NO2ID Meeting
Thursday, 22nd February 7pm at the Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester. After a long Christmas break, we'll be discussing getting our campaign back on its feet, making more of an impression on the local media, forging stronger links with local parties and unions, organising events and involving Manchester Students Against ID more closely.

23rd March - NO2ID Norwich: Public Meeting
Friday, 23rd March 2007 7pm-9pm at Hellesdon Community Centre, Middleton Lane, Hellesdon NR6 5SR. Norwich NO2ID will be holding a public meeting, speaker details TBC. All are welcome. Map:

24th March - Glasgow NO2ID Comedy Gala Benefit
Saturday, 24th March 8pm until late at the Old Fruitmarket. In what is sure to be one of the highlights of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, some of Britain's top comedians and comediennes will be performing in a NO2ID benefit gala. Tickets are on sale now! Phone 0870 013 5464 or buy your tickets on-line at
More details at


What just happened?
Don't tell anyone about Data Protection Day
Monday was Europe’s first-ever Data Protection Day. Twenty-six countries took taking part but can you guess which one didn't? Well maybe the UK government, who are trying hard to destroy privacy(aka Data Sharing) and are butchering the Freedom of Information Act, didn't much like what the day was all about. The Council of Europe describe the day as: "to give European citizens the chance to understand what personal data is collected and processed about them and why, and what their rights are with respect to this processing." Hmm, probably not their cup of tea.

Data Matching powers proposed in new Serious Crime Bill
The government's newly published 'Serious Crime' bill is one of a growing list of bills that introduces data sharing proposals. Schedule 6 of the bill, entitled 'Data Matching', lays out plans to let anti-fraud agencies have access personal information in various databases. Such "fishing expeditions" are currently be illegal. Some of the others bill that have data sharing provisions are the Digital Switchover bill, Statistics & Registration bill and the UK Borders Bill. The bill is online at
See the NO2ID forum for information and discussion on Data Sharing at

BBC to turn identity card crisis into a drama
The BBC is “planning a hard-hitting drama series tackling the thorny issue of government ID cards”. The series, called The Last Enemy, will star upcoming Blood Diamonds actor David Harewood. Set sometime in the near future, the plot centres around grizzly murders carried out with the assistance of ID card theft.


"ID" in the news
Schools need consent to fingerprint kids? - The Register 31/1/07
The Information Commissioner has declared that schools should ask for the consent of children and parents before they take pupil's fingerprints, despite there being no legal obligation for them to do so. A spokesman for the Information Commissioner's Office said: "There's nothing in the [Data Protection] act that makes that clear," and could not explain what would happen to schools that failed to follow this advice.

Information Commissioner backs electronic care records - eHealth Insider 30/1/07
The UK's Information Commissioner has issued new guidance to members of the public on the government's plans to develop a national system of electronic care records, based on enquiries that have been received. Overall the Commissioner backs plans for a national system of summary records but says he plans to keep a close eye on how the accuracy of information is ensured, the way people are kept informed and how they can access their records.

Government seeking new biometric immigration powers - Computing 30/1/07
The UK Borders Bill published last week includes measures stipulating that foreign nationals coming to live in the UK must supply fingerprints or iris scans for inclusion in their immigration documents.

NHS security dilemma as smartcards shared - Computer Weekly 30/1/07
An NHS trust board has approved the sharing of smartcards, in breach of security policy under the £12.4bn NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT), because slow log-in times would restrict the time of doctors treating emergency patients.

You are undie surveillance - The Sun 29/1/07
Officials are bracing themselves for a storm of public outrage over their controversial X-ray cameras scheme. As part of the most shocking extension of Big Brother powers ever planned here, lenses in lampposts would snap “naked” pictures of passers-by to trap terror suspects.,,2-2007040610,00.html

US: Maine First State To Reject Real ID Act - North County Gazette 28/1/07
The state of Maine has become the first state to reject participation in the Real ID Act, the federal law that lays the foundation for a national identity card. The American Civil Liberties Union applauded the move and predicted that it would be just the first in a cascade of state refusals.

US: N.Y. scanners spark union cries of "geoslavery" - Reuters 26/1/07
Every morning Dennis Colson, a surveyor at New York City's Department of Design and Construction, begins his work day by placing his hand on a scanner to log his time and attendance at the office. The planned roll-out of hand geometry scanners in all New York City government agencies has sparked union cries of "geoslavery" and assertions that technology developed for security will be used to track, label and control workforces.

Supermarket asks man, 87, for ID - BBC News Online 24/1/07
An 87-year-old man was asked to prove he was over 21 when he tried to buy a bottle of sherry in a York supermarket. Morrisons said staff had to ask anyone buying alcohol to confirm they were over 21, or provide proof of age.

(Please send me any items of interest you encounter - Editor( )

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