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NO2ID newsletter - 72
« on: May 25, 2007, 05:43:50 pm »

NO2ID Supporters' Newsletter No. 72 - 24th May 2007
Contacting us: Call or email the office - 020-7793-4005 or ( Please do not reply to this email. (The from address is not a working email address)

The NO2ID petition forms are our way of expanding our supporter base. Every person's name that is collected can be added to our mailing list so that they can be kept informed of campaign developments. This is in contrast to the electronic petitions on the Number 10 website, which whilst well intentioned do not help us to reach new supporters. Petition forms can be downloaded from the NO2ID website (

Please spare some time to collect as many names as you can and send the completed forms to NO2ID, Box 412, 19-21 Crawford Street, London W1H 1PJ as soon as possible.  Everyone who gives their name and address will get a pack with information about the identity card scheme and the campaign.

Please remember to return the completed petition forms to the office as soon as possible.

Please note that the Classical Recital in Covent Garden for the benefit of NO2ID has been moved from 29th May to 5th June, full details below. Also look out for the new documentary 'Taking Liberties', featuring NO2ID, that opens at selected cinemas from 8th June.

What's next?
Local groups news

We now have new local groups in Penyrny & Truro in the Southwest (contact via and Bolton in the Northwest(where the NHS database trial is happening) (contact via Solomon Cardy has taken over in Cardiff, and is looking to build up there, Oxford NO2ID is looking towards a revival, and there is some interest in a Cheltenham group. A full list of local groups can be found at (

Lords Constitution Committee to investigate surveillance society - call for evidence - deadline 8th June

The House of Lords Constitution Committee is calling for evidence into the constitutional implications of the surveillance society. The committee are requesting submissions of up to 1500 words by 8th June. More details can be found at

Saturdays 1pm - 3pm - NO2ID Edinburgh Campaign stall

NO2ID Edinburgh's regular Princes Street campaigning stall on Saturdays is 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:

Saturdays 10am - 12pm - NO2ID Waltham Forest leafleting
The Waltham Forest NO2ID group will be going out every Saturday to the Walthamstow Town Square to leaflet from 10:00am – 12:00 pm. Contact for more details

26th May - Tunbridge Wells NO2ID stall
Saturday, 26th May, the Tunbridge Wells group will have a stall on the pedestrian precinct outside outside Royal Victoria Place, near the Millennium Clock entrance. Contact Ian at fo more details.

27th May - Redbridge NO2ID campaign stall at Redbridge Green Fair
Sunday 27th May at Valentines Park, Ilford. Redbridge NO2ID campaign will have a stall at this major community event which is held every two years. Entry is free. There will be 3 music stages, over 100 stalls, great food, a beer tent, children's entertainment. Free shuttlebus service. Supported by London Borough or Redbridge (an affiliate of the No2ID campaign!)  All support welcome. See For more details phone Paul on 07801 429782.

30th May - World Premiere of Edinburgh NO2ID film
Wednesday, 30th May, 7pm in the Library at the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL. The film of the local NO2ID Group's demonstration outside the Edinburgh Interrogation Centre will be shown at the next Group meeting on 30 May. The main business of the meeting will be to consider how the recent political changes, in City Chambers, Holyrood and (maybe by then) Downing Street, will affect our campaign against compulsory ID cards.

30th May - Glasgow NO2ID Meeting
Tuesday, 30th May at 8pm in Mono* (Map: All are very welcome. We will be making preparations for a protest against the opening of the new interrogation centre in Glasgow so please come along! We will also be running a couple of stalls in the city centre this weekend, so please get in touch if you would like to help out.
(* alternative venue if necessary: Lauries, across the road)

30th May - Tunbridge Wells NO2ID meeting
Thursday, 30th May at the bar of the Royal Wells Hotel, Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 8BE. Tonbridge NO2ID has temporarily been merged with Tunbridge Wells NO2ID - and we particularly hope to discuss the possibility of joint activities in both towns. More details at

2nd June - NO2ID Stall at Cambridge Strawberry Fair
Volunteers needed to man the stall for 2 hour shifts from 10am until 6pm: please contact, or text/call Andrew Watson on 07710 469624. We signed up 750 supporters last year - we'd like to double that number this year. (Strawberry Fair info:

2nd June & 14th July - Manchester NO2ID stall and flyering
Saturday, 2nd June & 14th July, 1pm at St. Anne's Square.

3rd June - Lancaster NO2ID stall at the Lancaster Community Festival
Sunday, June 3rd st Williamson Park, Lancaster NO2ID will have a stall, answering questions, giving out information and signing people up, volunteers welcome or if you are in the area please come along! Contact for more info

4th June - Highbury NO2ID Meeting
Monday, 4th June 7pm at The Alwyne pub - 83 St Pauls Road, N1 2LY. Nearest tube - Highbury & Islington. An informal meeting to discuss future events and a general update on NO2ID's campaign and other relevant developments.  All welcome.

5th June - Hackney & Shoreditch NO2ID meeting (Meetings the 1st Tuesday of every month)

Tuesday, 5th June 7.30pm. NB - the venue for Hackney & Shoreditch NO2ID meetings has changed to:- The Pembury Tavern, 90 Amhurst Rd, London E8 1JH. Details:- ,

5th June - Classical Recital, Covent Garden for benefit of NO2ID *UPDATED*
Tuesday, 5th Jun 7.30pm at St. Paul's Church, Bedford Street, London WC2E 9ED ("The Actor's Church"). Jessica Boyd presents: The Volterra Trio - Jessica Boyd (violin), Nathaniel Boyd (cello), Amy de Sybel (piano). Mozart - Sonatas No.2 in E flat Major (KV302) & No.5 in A Major (KV305), Gershwin - "Ain't necessarily so", De Falla - "Spanish Dance", Schubert - Sonata in G minor (D408), Shostakovich - piano trio No.1 in C minor (Op.8). Seats for roughly 270 people - £10 on the door - all proceeds go to the campaign.
(*Postponed by 1 week from date previously announced, which permits us now to offer a trio.)

7th June - Home Affairs Committee Inquiry: 'A Surveillance Society?' evidence session
Thursday, 7 June at 10.15 a.m. Witnesses: 10.15 am - International Association of Privacy Professionals, 11.15 am - Experian, Finance and Leasing Association, Loyalty Management Group and Tesco. Location (tbc): Thatcher Room, Portcullis House. The session can be watched at

8th June - "Taking Liberties" documentary film featuring NO2ID opens at cinemas
Friday, 8th June. A new documentary featuring NO2ID opens at cinemas across the UK. The film is described as "a shocking but hilarious polemic documentary that charts the destruction of all your Basic Liberties under 10 Years of New Labour". More info at

8th June - Cambridge NO2ID Public Meeting: "Whose identity is it anyway?"
Friday, 8th June 7.30pm at Parkside Community College, Cambridge CB1 1EH (Map: Platform speakers: David Howarth (MP for Cambridge, Lib Dem Energy Spokesperson), Ian Gibson (MP for Norwich North, Labour), James Paice (MP for SE Cambs, Conservative Agriculture spokesman), Phil Booth (NO2ID National Coordinator). All welcome. Free (but donations appreciated).

13th June & 18th July - Manchester NO2ID Meeting
Wednesday, 13th June & 18th July, 7pm at 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 (

15th July - RISE Festival - NO2ID volunteers needed
Sunday, 15th July 12pm-8.30pm at Finsbury Park. Volunteers needed for the RISE festival an all day anti-racism music event...and its free.  If you are available that day and you fancy handing leaflets out to some fab music then please contact Caroline -  The food is great too!

16th June - Highbury NO2ID Street Stall
Saturday 16th June - 11am - 2pm, Highbury NO2ID will be holding a street stall. If you have some free time to spare to help out please contact Caroline - ( Meeting at Angel Tube station at 11am.

26th June - Hackney NO2ID - 'Clarence Wilcock Day'
Tuesday, 26th June at the Hackney Empire. The Hackney Group are declaring June 26th 'Clarence Wilcock Day' and to celebrate the defeat of WWII ID Cards they are holding a hip-hop & poetry evening at the Marie Lloyd Bar at the Hackney Empire with some great acts and a special guest mc.  Watch this space and the main website events listing for more details.


What just happened?
NO2ID groups team up for campaigning success
Swindon and Kensington & Chelsea NO2ID groups teamed up last weekend to run a stall at Levellers' Day in Burford, Oxfordshire. Kensignton & Chelsea co-ordinator Jill Manasseh said: "Our stall attracted interest and we hope we have attracted new members from Oxford and the surrounding area".

Fingerprinting in pubs update
Several supporters responded to our appeal for more information about new identity schemes rolling out in pubs and clubs. For instance a "Club Scan" scheme is being tested in Coventry which allows "door staff at bars and nightclubs to copy details held on identity cards such as driving licences and PASS[Proof of Age Standards Scheme]-approved proof-of-age cards" (See Drinkers at the Walkabout Inn in Cardiff are also having an excessive ID policy imposed on them - all customers are subject to ID checks regardless of age. A manager at Walkabout told the South Wales Echo: "There are two reasons people don't want to provide ID. Either they aren't old enough or they are planning to cause trouble - which is why we don't want them here"!(See We have also been told that the Nuneaton pub-fingerprinting scheme has gone quiet as far as local press reports are concerned.

Many of the police forces and local authorities in the areas where such schemes operate claim that it is nothing to do with them but the clubs and bars claim that the council have imposed the schemes. The Portman group have funded the National Pubwatch scheme and also produce PASS cards. The Portman group is made up of drink producers and brewers in the UK who have been strong supporters of a national ID scheme. We encourage supporters in the affected areas to contact your local media pointing out the disproportionate nature of the schemes and questioning under what legislation such measures are being introduced, what consultations have taken place and what safeguards are in place. Do please keep us informed of your efforts. As Edmund Burke put it: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

LSE release report on the latest ID scheme six-monthly cost report
The London School of Economics(LSE) Identity Project group have released a response to the government's much delayed second bi-annual report to Parliament about the likely costs of the ID Cards Scheme. The report describes the ID scheme as "not a project that is progressing well but rather one that appears to be getting out of control".

JCHR Report warns of racial profiling in ID scheme
The Joint Committee on Human Rights(JCHR) released a new report this week that warns of dangers inherit in the government's ID scheme. The committee warns that: "In our view, the introduction of the biometric immigration document gives rise to the same concern about de facto racial profiling."
Read the report at

Warning over National Identity Register as Citizens Database
Evidence submitted to the Home Affairs Committee's 'A Surveillance Society?' inquiry by the Editor of 'Data Protection & Privacy Practice', Dr Chris Pounder, has been published on the internet. Dr Pounder calls for "a review of Parliamentary procedures in order to identify the lessons that should be drawn from the lack of scrutiny which has occurred with the decision to use the National Identity Register as a population register". Dr Pounder is referring to the merging of the Citizens Information Project and the National Identity Register which was undertaken after the consultation phase of the ID scheme and is not explicitly in ID scheme legislation and therefore not subject to scrutiny.

Freedom of Information (Amendment) bill passes 3rd reading
Last Friday the Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill received its third and final reading in the House of Commons. Just 125 out of 646 MPs voted on the bill which was approved by 96 votes to 25 against. The bill will now go on to the House of Lords. The bill seeks to exempt MPs correspondence from the Freedom of Information Act. Tim Farron MP pointed out that "110,000 public bodies are subject to the Freedom of Information Act [...] here we are in the House of Commons considering the exclusion of just one of them—this one". He went on to describe this as "an utterly self-regarding proposal, which brings MPs and Parliament into disrepute".
Watch the debate at

Germany: Private addresses, anyone?
Anybody in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern can now pull up anybody else's current home address online, courtesy of the government. A small charge will, however, be made. The information will be up to date, because Germans are legally obliged to register their home addresses and to notify any changes. These details were already being quite officially and legally sold to "the administration's many customers, such as mail order firms and lawyers," a state government press release points out. So the Internet thing will just be cutting down on the paperwork. Citizens do have the right to block disclosure of their details - but only if they go through the bureaucratic process of opting out. Otherwise, they are deemed to have consented to data rape. And perhaps other rape too, depending on who gets hold of their address. The release helpfully explains how it all works: "After inputting given names and surnames as well as two other characteristics (date of birth, gender or an address) which permit clear identification of the person being sought, and after payment - currently by credit card, but in future also by debit - the user will immediately receive the basic register entry, for a fee of  3.50 Euro." Let's hope that thrifty Gordon Brown isn't reading this.


"ID" in the news
ID cards deals primed to start - Computing 24/5/07
The procurement framework for the national ID card scheme will be in place by the end of the year, with the first contract awards scheduled for the second quarter of 2008, according to the latest timetable.

Police put 100,000 innocent children on DNA database - Daily Mail 23/5/07
The number of innocent children placed on the Government's vast DNA database for life has quadrupled in the past year to more than 100,000, it has emerged.

Police spy in the sky fuels 'Big Brother' fears - The Daily Telegraph 23/5/07
The country's first police ''drone'' took to the skies yesterday, opening a new era of flying CCTV cameras and adding to concerns about the extent of Britain's "surveillance society". It was originally used for military reconnaissance but is now being tested by police.

Ireland: Schools lining up to fingerprint pupils - 23/5/07
50 Irish schools have expressed an interest in biometric attendance management technology in the past month, a provider of biometric fingerprinting systems has told

CCTV creating 'Orwellian' society - The Daily Telegraph 22/5/07
Another senior police officer yesterday joined the growing clamour against the proliferation of CCTV cameras around the country. Ian Redhead, the deputy chief constable of Hampshire, said Britain risked moving toward an "Orwellian" society.

Extra staff to push up ID costs, says Home Office - Computing 17/5/07
Most of the £400m rise in the bill for identity cards will be spent ensuring the scheme has enough staff to be a success, according to Identity and Passport Service chief executive James Hall. The bi-annual cost report published last week put a price tag of £5.3bn on the plan, up on the £4.9bn estimate last autumn.

'Why do we need ID cards?' asks police chief - Daily Mail 17/5/07
A police chief has called for a "debate about the ongoing erosion of civil liberties" and questioned the need for identity cards. Colin Langham-Fitt, Acting Chief Constable of Suffolk, said questions ought to be asked about whether increased monitoring made people feel safer.

NHS IT: Researchers warn NPfIT delays risking patient safety - 17/5/07
Lack of effective communication and delivery delays are leaving trusts disenfranchised and weakening local commitment to rolling out the National Programme for IT creating risks to patient safety, leading academics have warned.

Surveillance state can't monitor itself, says US - The Register 15/5/07
It would be impractical for the US to monitor how its border guards use the massive databases it is building on European citizens, US Homeland Security Security secretary Michael Chertoff told the European Parliament yesterday.

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

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