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NO2ID Newsletter No. 101
« on: July 10, 2008, 10:15:15 pm »
     ++ NO2ID Supporters' Newsletter No. 101 - 3rd July 2008 ++

14 leading figures in the UK aviation industry have spoken out against
the ID scheme. In a strongly worded letter to the Home Secretary, they
express their "determined opposition" and highlight that enrolment on
the National ID Scheme will provide "no additional security" - indeed it
risks creating a "false sense of security".

Such vocal opposition represents a serious blow to the government's
plans. And it is the sort of resistance that YOU can help NO2ID to
spread at all levels, by using connections you already have.

You may be a member of a professional body, a club or association. You
may volunteer or support a charity. You may be active in your church,
mosque, synagogue or temple. You don't have to be a member of a
political party or union. The organisation doesn't have to be national,
in fact it's often easier to start local.

What we'd like you to do is simply ask people in the organisation what
they know about the National Identity Scheme.

You could write a letter or speak to the leaders, or raise it at your
next meeting. Talk to other members of the group. The point is to get
people thinking about the scheme. The more people find out, the less
they like it - and the more likely they are to do something about it.

Making connections is more important than ever. And you can certainly
raise awareness of the ID scheme without being an expert in it. Please
ask the question. You may be pleasantly surprised by the response.


       What's next?

*+ Help wanted +*
NO2ID needs a part-time office manager to get on top of its
administration (no pay at the moment but we might scrape together some
funding for what is a very important role). The right person will be
fanatically neat and organised and have experience in an admin role.We
are also looking for meticulous people to do data-entry to maintain our
membership and supporter records. A couple of hours at a time on a
regular basis. Contact if you can help

*+ Request for volunteers +*
NO2ID is looking for someone to run the NO2ID Myspace page. Please email
Matty Mitford on if you think you might be able
to help.

*5th July -- NO2ID at Open Tech*
Saturday, 5th July at ULU, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY. NO2ID will be
running a couple of sessions at this event which is an informal one-day
conference on technology, society and low-carbon living. Doors open at
10am; the event starts at 10.30am. Tickets are £5 on the door.

         + LOCAL GROUPS NEWS +

We now have local groups in 44 of the 69 proposed locations for
interrogation centres - of which just 3 have yet to open. Parliamentary
answers indicate that the most active centres are: Belfast, Birmingham,
Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Newport,
Peterborough and Sheffield.

For information on your nearest interrogation centre, see If you can help set up a local
group in one of the remaining locations, or anywhere else in the UK,
please contact Matty on

_*+ Aylesbury +*_

*+ 15th July - Inaugural NO2ID Aylesbury Meeting +*
Tuesday, 15th July 7.30pm at The Bricklayers Arms : 19 Walton Terrace,
Walton Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP21 7QY. Contact: Neil
Briscoe at

_*+ Bedford +*_

*+ 12th July - NO2ID Stall at Bedford River Festival +*
Bedford NO2ID has been re-established and will be running a stall at the
Bedford River Festival on Saturday 12th July. Volunteers to help very
welcome - contact Bob Finnie (

_*+ Cambridge +*_

*+ 2nd August - NO2ID Cambridge Stall +*
Saturday, 2nd August at 10am in the usual spot outside Cambridge
Guildhall. Location Map: As ever, volunteers
to help very welcome - please email, or text/call
Andrew on 07710 469624 if you can make it..

_*+ Camden & Islington +*_

*7th July - Camden & Islington NO2ID Meeting*
Monday, 7th July 8pm at The Castle, 54 Pentonville Road. We cover our
table with NO2ID flyers. Any enquiries

_*+ Cardiff +*_

*+ Cardiff NO2ID gets new facebook page +*
Supporters with a facebook account can now view Cardiff NO2ID's new
facebook page at

*+ 4th July - Cardiff NO2ID on 98.7FM +*
Friday, 4th July, 12.45pm. One of Cardiff's two coordinators, Michael
Richards will be conducting a brief telephone interview with Radio
Cardiff (98.7 FM - on the subject of our
forthcoming benefit gig and the reasons for it, possibly with a Plaid
Cymru councillor. You can listen online at (

*+ 11th July - NO2ID Benefit Gig at KOKO Gorillas Cardiff +*
Friday, 11th July at Koko Gorillaz, Miskin Road, Cathays, Cardiff.
Sicknote, New State Radio, Cosmo, The Fix Up and Lou Noble will be
providing plenty of entertainment in Cardiff's first NO2ID benefit gig.
All profits will go to the NO2ID campaign.

*+ 16th July - NO2ID Cardiff Meeting +*
Wednesday, 16th July 7.30pm Shot in the Dark (City Road), Cardiff.
Monthly meeting and planing of future action and events. Email for more info.

_*+ Cromer +*_

*+ 7th July - Cromer NO2ID First Meeting +*
Monday, 7th July 7:30pm, at The White Horse Inn, West Street,
Cromer.Thereafter meetings will be at the same time and venue on the
first Monday of the month.

_*+ Dorking +*_

Monthly meetings at 7.30pm every first Tuesday of the month at The
Lincoln by Dorking main line station.  Street stalls once a month in
Dorking and once a month in a nearby town.  Anyone from Dorking or
surrounding towns interested in helping out is very welcome.  Please
come along or email (

*+ 25th September - Question Time on ID Cards and the Database State +*
Details to be confirmed.

_*+ 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 (,
and for more group information see

_*+ Glasgow +*_

*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:

_*+ Kensington and Chelsea +*_

*+ 6th July - Kensington and Chelsea NO2ID Stall +*
Sunday, 6th July we will be taking part in the street fair in Hogarth
Road, London SW5. Volunteers are needed to help man the stall and talk
to people. Please contact Jill Manasseh at if you
can help.

_*+ Leeds +*_

*+ 3rd July - Leeds NO2ID Meeting (1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month) +*
Thursday, 3rd July 7pm at the Peanut Gallery at Leeds Student Union
building. You can email for directions, or if you have
any other questions about the meeting or NO2ID in general. For future
reference, we will be holding meetings on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of
every month, and street stalls on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays.

_*+ Liverpool +*_

*+ 8th July - Liverpool NO2ID Meeting +*
Tuesday, 8th July 7.30pm at Cooper's Bar, Lime Street Station, Lime
Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 1JD.

_*+ Manchester +

*_*+ 4th July - Manchester NO2ID at "Red Friday", Bolton +*
Friday, 4th July. Manchester NO2ID Co-Ordinator Dave Page may be
speaking at the Bolton socialist discussion group "Red Friday" on
identity cards and the Database State.

*+ 6th July - Beech Road Festival, Chorlton, Manchester +*
Sunday, 6th July from 11am (for noon start). Manchester NO2ID will have
a stall at the Beech Road Festival in Chorlton. This lively community
festival promises to be fun and friendly, and an ideal opportunity to
engage Chorlton residents in a discussion on the database state. We
could use a few more volunteers for the stall, so please e-mail or just turn up on the day.

*+ 12th July - Manchester NO2ID Street Stall +*
Saturday, 12th July 2pm-4pm in St. Ann's Square to raise awareness among
the public and engage people in discussion about the National Identity
Register. You don't need any experience or equipment, just a bit of time
to spare and a friendly smile!

*+ 16th July - Manchester NO2ID Monthly Meeting +*
Wednesday,  16th July, 7pm in the Town Hall Tavern, Tib Lane,
Manchester. Sadly, this venue is not wheelchair-accessible; please
contact us on if you have accessibility needs. This
month, due to a double booking, we will be meeting in side area  just
off the main bar rather than in our usual function room.

*+ 17th July - - "Freed Up" Poetry Night, Manchester +*
Thursday, 17th July, 7pm at the Green Room on Whitworth Street,
Manchester. Manchester NO2ID and Freed Up present a night of poetry on
the theme of "Identity". Come along and enjoy the poetry, or bring your
own contribution.
See and

_*+ Oxford +*_

*+ 6th July - NO2ID Oxford at the Cowley Road Carnival +
*Sunday, 6th July from noon. This is a great opportunity to raise
awareness of the government's scheme, but the carnival is 6 hours long
so we are definitely going to need some helpers.  Please let us know if
you can lend a hand ( The day will be split into 3
shifts: 1200-1400, 1400-1600 and 1600-1800. If you have any preference
which shift you help on let us know that too.

*+ 9th July - NO2ID Oxford Meeting +*
Wednesday, 9th July 8pm at the Mitre on the High Street, Oxford.

_*+ Sheffield +*_

*+ 14th July - 1st NO2ID Sheffield Meeting +*
Monday, 14th July 8pm at Millhouses Public House, 951 Abbeydale Road,S7
2QD. All welcome. Please bring a friend. Further details: Steven
Montgomery ( If you can't make it to the meeting
then you should join the Sheffield mailing list at for further
updates from the group.

_*+ Shrewsbury +**

*_*+ 5th July - Shrewsbury NO2ID Street Stall +*
Saturday, 5th July 10.30am to 12.30pm on Pride Hill in Shrewsbury,
weather permitting. Drop by just to sign the petition, or you can borrow
a high-vis vest and help out on the stall.

*+ 14th July - Shrewsbury NO2ID Meeting +*
Monday, 14th July 7.15pm until after 9pm in The Armoury, Shrewsbury
( All welcome. Most of us will be eating
there, or you can just come along for a drink.

_*+ Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells +*_

*+ 7th July - Public Discussion: "David Davis and the Surveillance State" +*
Monday, 7th July 7.30-9.00pm at the Angel Centre. Tonbridge and
Tunbridge Wells NO2ID will host a public discussion on growing concerns
about the Database State as highlighted by David Davis, the ex Shadow
Home Secretary. In his resignation statement Davis cited plans for the
'most intrusive identity card system in the world' and a 'database state
opening up our private lives to the prying eyes of official snoopers and
exposing our personal data to careless civil servants and criminal
hackers'. Those who would like to share their views on the government's
plans for the Surveillance State and the shifting boundary between state
and individual are most welcome to join in the discussion.

_*+ Yorkshire +*_

*+ 5th July - Haltemprice & Howden By-Election +*
Saturday, 5th July. Yorkshire NO2ID will be taking the message of
Identity Cards and the Database State to the streets in the weekend
preceding the Haltemprice & Howden By-Election. Naturally we won't be
endorsing any particular candidate but we hope to raise the profile of
the issue both among voters and in the national media who will be
covering events. NO2ID supporters from across the country will be
heading over to lend a hand - but the more the better! If you're able to
go along and help out, please contact Yorkshire co-ordinator James
Eldon-Baker on

       What just happened?

         + NO2ID Campaigners Arrested at "Public" Meeting +

On Monday (30th June) nine NO2ID campaigners were arrested after they
staged a peaceful protest at an invitation only Home Office so-called
"public consultation". NO2ID's protest was an entirely peaceful and
lawful attempt to publicise the Home Office's shifty semi-secret
proceedings that had been pre-arranged with STV news. There was no
intention to frighten or inconvenience any member of the public. The
nine were charged with breach of the peace and bound over for 30 days.
One of those arrested had a 4 year old child with her. Another of those
arrested was a 68 year old retired academic. It took nine hours for the
last of the protesters to be released from police custody. John Welford,
NO2ID Edinburgh co-ordinator and one of the nine arrested, in a letter
to The Scotsman said: "What is it about the current Labour Government
that it is unable to tolerate any criticism of its policies and actions?
And why is it frightened to engage openly and honestly in proper debate
with the citizens of this country, especially about an issue as
controversial as compulsory identity cards and the setting up of a vast,
intrusive database state? ...the government prefers to organise its own
heavily controlled focus group meetings and private consultations away
in the shadows."

         + Poynter Review of HMRC Data Loss released +

Last week a report was released by Kieran Poynter, Chairman of
PricewaterhouseCoopers, into the loss of child benefit records at HM
Revenue and Customs (HMRC) last year. The report points out that: "There
was a general lack of awareness across HMRC Business Units, at least
prior to the incident, of the importance of information security." It
goes on to reveal: "a great deal of work will be required to bring HMRC
up to and to sustain the world class standard for information security
to which it now properly aspires".
Read the extremely dull report at

         + Biometric Assurance Group calls for ID scheme privacy issues
         to be addressed +

The Biometrics Assurance Group (BAG) has released its annual report
which sets out the group's examination of the government's work on
biometrics during 2007, focusing particularly on the national identity
scheme. The report recommends: "that proper attention be paid to the
privacy/consent issue across the National Identity Scheme, BAG
considered that the issue was not fully addressed by the publication of
the Strategic Action Plan and that the public needed to be better
informed over this".
Read the report at

         + Austria sets the pace for ID slogans +

The home page of the Austrian government's e-government website
( shows the sort of excitement they hope the
people of Austria will have for their ID scheme. Their banner features
people jumping for joy and is emblazoned with the slogan: "Get yourself
activated ... get an electronic ID card!" Meanwhile the UK ID web site
has gone with a much more sedate: "Everyone's unique. Let us keep it
that way." After all of the recent data losses perhaps they should use:
"Everyone's unique. Let's see how long that lasts."

       "ID" in the news

*+ Access to NHS care records to be widened - eHealth Insider 3/7/08 +*
The Department of Health is to review the scope of access to the NHS
Care Records Service, including possibly making them available to
non-NHS staff.

*+ Agreement to speed up travel between the UK and US - News
Distribution Service 2/7/08 +*
The Home Office today announced plans to speed up travel between the UK
and the US for trusted people who move regularly between the two
countries. The new scheme would benefit trusted travellers who travel
frequently between the two countries, underlining the importance of
speedy travel between the UK and the US.

*+ Will Scots be willing to carry identity cards? Meg Hillier- The
Scottish Herald 29/6/08 +*
The Scottish Government has made clear it does not intend to use
identity cards. But from 2011 there will be many in Scotland who will
use the card as their main form of identification. It will be for the
Scottish Government to explain why it refuses to accept this official
proof of identity.

*+ We can't leave David Davis to carry the fight on his own - The
Observer 29/6/08 +*
A report by Independent Scheme Assurance Panel on ID cards found that
not only would there be inbuilt mistakes in the database, but that
poorer people would suffer a greater risk of fraud.

*+ U.S. and Europe Near Agreement on Private Data - New York Times
28/6/08 +*
The United States and the European Union are nearing completion of an
agreement allowing law enforcement and security agencies to obtain
private information --- like credit card transactions, travel histories
and Internet browsing habits --- about people on the other side of the
Atlantic Ocean.

*+ FBI's all-seeing database project loses funds - The Inquirer 28/6/08 +*
On Thursday, the US House Science and Technology Committee voted to deny
the FBI $11 million to continue work on a massive database of government
records on virtually all American citizens. The vote came after the FBI
refused to tell Congress about its plans.

*+ Government slammed by data breach reports - Information Age 26/6/08 +*
The MoD and HMRC have been hit with enforcement notices from the
Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), following the release of two
damning reviews into major data breaches. The departments will be fined
if they fail to adopt the recommendations in the Poynter and Burton
reports, into the HMRC and MoD respectively.

*+ Oh well. I wasn't using my civil liberties anyway - Ideal Government
21/6/08 +*
The Economist and YouGov report on the current state of public opinion
on some of our favourite issues. Despite Benjamin Franklin's famous
advice, the public seems happy to trade a little liberty for a little

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


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