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NO2ID Newsletter No. 102
« on: July 22, 2008, 09:25:27 pm »
++ NO2ID Supporters' Newsletter No. 102 - 17th July 2008 ++


Over the last few weeks the Database State has been a topic of
discussion on radio talk shows and in newspaper editorials, thanks in
large part to the resignation and re-election of David Davis MP. But
just one day after Davis' victory a review of data sharing was published
that ignored the Database State and encouraged the government to remove
legal barriers to data sharing. Clearly we still have a lot to do.

On the plus side, a growing number of people are beginning to realise
that the only way to stop abuse of your confidential information is not
to give it to the authorities in the first place. If enough people say
*now*, "No, I will not cooperate", then the ID system simply cannot be

The NO2ID Pledge is a way of publicly declaring that you will not
cooperate with the government seizure of personal identity. To make the
pledge simply sign a pledge form and get the signature of a witness.
Then display the pledge form somewhere that other people can see it -
hopefully this will encourage friends and family to ask about the pledge
and you can then encourage them to take the pledge too.

If you haven't done so already and you want to resist, please make the
NO2ID Pledge - NO2ID Pledge certificates and instructions can be
downloaded from

The NO2ID Pledge is perfectly legal, but it is as revolutionary in
implication as the ID scheme itself. If we all say no, then the ID
scheme will fail.

       What's next?

*+ Appeal for defence funds - NO2ID Scotland campaigners to appear in
court +*
Nine NO2ID campaigners arrested after they staged a peaceful protest at
an invitation only Home Office so-called "public consultation" will
appear before Edinburgh Sheriff's Court on 24th July. All nine have been
charged with breach of the peace, eight with causing "alarm and
distress" and one with causing "alarm and disturbance". If anyone would
like to contribute to legal costs, cheques made payable to "Glasgow
NO2ID" (together with an indication of the intended purpose) would be
gratefully received at 3e Grovepark Gardens, Glasgow G20 7JB. Any
surplus after the cases have all concluded will be used for NO2ID's
general campaigning.

*+ 18th - 20th July - Volunteers needed - NO2ID at the Tolpuddle Martyrs
Festival +*
Friday 18th - Sunday 20th July, Tolpuddle, Dorset. NO2ID will be hosting
a stall at Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival and we need some more volunteers
to help run the stall. Please contact Christina Zaba on if you'd like to help. (See for more info on the

         + 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

_*+ Bristol +*_

*+ 6th August - Bristol NO2ID meeting +*
Wednesday, 6th August 7-8pm at White Bear on St Michael's Hill. Come and
meet your friendly local campaigners. If you'd like to keep up to date
with what the Bristol group is getting up to, please join the mailing
list at

_*+ 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.

*+ 6th August - Cambridge NO2ID pub meeting (1st Wednesday of each month) +*
Wednesday, 6th August 7.30pm at the Salisbury Arms, 76 Tenison Rd,
Cambridge CB1 2DW ( For more
details contact, or text/call Andrew on 07710 469624.

_*+ Camden & Islington +*_

*+ 3rd August - Camden and Islington NO2ID Stall +*
Sunday, 3rd August 10am-2pm at Islington Farmers Market. Contact Matty
on if you can attend.

+ *4th August - Camden and Islington NO2ID Meeting +*
Monday, 4th August at 8pm. We'll be at our new(ish) venue, The Castle,
54 Pentonville Road, London. We'll try and sit at the big table on the
top level at the back of the pub - if not just look for the table with
the NO2ID flyers. Nearest tube is either Angel or Kings Cross.

_*+ Cardiff + - *_

*Cardiff NO2ID Benefit Gig a Great Success*
We had an absurdly good benefit gig on the evening of the 11th July -
many good bands and everybody had a good time. We just about managed to
break even and scored two interviews on local radio about it. Thanks to
everybody who came, and those who couldn't but were with us in spirit.

_*+ Dorking +*_

Monthly meetings at 7.30pm every first Tuesday of the month at The
Lincoln by Dorking main line station.  Next 2 street stalls will be in
Horsham, then back to Dorking.  Anyone from Dorking or surrounding towns
interested in helping out is very welcome.  Please come along or email
( First steps have been taken in getting a political
consensus to pass a local motion against ID.

*+ 25th September - Question Time on ID Cards and the Database State +*
We have 2 guest speakers to put the case against ID Cards at our Sept
25th public meeting (Paul Beresford MP and Dr Edgar Whitley of the LSE),
but still none to put the case against.

_*+ 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

_*+ Epsom +

*_*+ 24th July - Epsom NO2ID 1st Meeting  +*
Thursday, 24th July 7.30pm at Cricketers Pub, Stamford Green Road,
Epsom, Surrey, KT18 7SR. All welcome. Please bring a friend. Further
details: Geoff Cox on ( If you're unable to attend, but
are interested in the activity of the group, please join the Epsom
mailing list at

_*+ 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:

_*+ Hackney +*_

*6th August - Hackney NO2ID Meeting*
Wednesday, 6th August 7pm at The Pembury Tavern, 90 Amhurst Road,
London, E8 1JH. If you'd like to keep up to date with what the Hackney
group is getting up to, please join the mailing list at

_*+ Manchester +
Manchester NO2ID co-ordinator Dave Page recently appeared on Liverpool's
City Talk 105.9FM on the 105th anniversary of George Orwell's birthday
to discuss his vision of the future in "Nineteen Eighty-Four". An MP3 of
the interview will be made available soon. See

*+ 9th August - Manchester NO2ID Street Stall +*
Saturday, 9th August 1pm-5pm in St. Ann's Square to raise awareness
among the public and engage people in discussion about the National
Identity Register. This month, we're going to try splitting into two
shifts - a 1-3pm "early" shift and a 3-5pm "late" shift, to get more
presence and coverage through the day. Pick a shift you're likely to
make and if we can get at least four volunteers for each shift we'll
make a whole day of it! Simply enter your name (or a pseudonym) and
choose a shift at:

*+ 13th August - Manchester NO2ID Monthly Meeting +*
Wednesday,  13th August, 7pm-9pm 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. See minutes of our
previous meetings at

_*+ Oxford +*_

*+ 2nd August - NO2ID Oxford Street Stall +*
Saturday, 2nd August from around 12 noon for a couple of hours, on
Cornmarket, Oxford. As usual, helpers are very welcome.  All you need to
do is hand out a few leaflets and direct people to sign our petition.
You don't need to tell us you are coming, but it helps with planning.
For more, contact Jim (gadjie at who is coordinating this.

*+ 7th August - NO2ID Meeting +*
Thursday, 7th August (back on the first Thursday of the month) 8pm at
the Mitre on the High Street to discuss the next steps in our campaign.

_*+ Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells +*_

*"David Davis and the Surveillance State" Public Meeting Report*
Our public meeting "David Davis and the Surveillance State" on 7th July
was little short of standing-room only, and the political spectrum,
age-range and demographic of the attending public could hardly have been
wider. The only pro-ID attendee was given a warm round of applause for a
game but lonely defence of the government scheme. As there appears to be
a strong public appetite for such debate we will hold more such events.
But we need HELP - PLEASE: our only problem is to find any official
figure willing to speak on the pro-ID side of open public debates. Every
time we invite any official figure to bat for the pro-ID side we see
only a pair of heels and a cloud of dust. (Is there an embargo on pro-ID
officials speaking at *genuinely open* public debates?) Any help in
locating such a volunteer willing to speak in the Tunbridge Wells area
will be much appreciated, and we will treat them well, give them cups of
tea and promise we won't have them arrested for Breach of the Peace for
attending our meeting with a view that is different to ours.

Stalls continue in the Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge town centres
throughout the summer - please email if you are able to help on the rota

       What just happened?

         + Data Sharing Review Gives Green Light to Data Sharing +

Last Friday the Data Sharing Review by the Information Commissioner and
Mark Walport of the Wellcome Trust was published. The report
disgracefully fails to recognise the magnitude of the database state.
The 'Data Sharing Review Report - annexes' acknowledges that: "A
recurring theme among members of the public was the disparity in power
between the citizen and the state in relation to data sharing", and
that, "It was said that the citizen has no choice but to use public (or
publicly administrated) services, but equally had no choice or say over
how their personal information is used once it was in the public
sector". However the report recommends the removal of legal barriers to
data sharing: "We recommend that where there is a genuine case for
removing or modifying an existing legal barrier to data sharing, a new
statutory fast-track procedure should be created". We have consistently
warned that the removal of existing firewalls will lead to the abolition
of privacy - the report's authors clearly disagree. Or don't care.
Read the review and submissions at:
NO2ID's submission is at
For analysis of the review see:

         + Italian fingerprinting - How to policy launder at home +

The Italian government has been the subject of worldwide controversy
after they introduced a mandatory programme to fingerprint gypsies. The
Italian government said they had begun fingerprinting tens of thousands
of gypsies in nomad camps across the country to help fight crime.
Various groups accused the Italians of racism and many compared their
action to that of the Nazis during the Holocaust. However such calls of
discrimination, rather than the principled argument that fingerprinting
anyone is wrong, have given the Italians the way out they probably
wanted all along - fingerprint everyone and so dodge the criticism of
discrimination. On Wednesday an Italian parliamentary panel gave initial
approval to the 'fingerprint everyone' plan. The move will introduce
fingerprinting from 2010, for national identity cards which are required
for all Italian citizens and foreigners living in Italy.

         + Home Office gets down with the youth, sort of +

The Home Office has set up a web site to promote the National ID scheme
to young people. The site says: "We want to know what you think, so
contribute contribute contribute.", and not at all creepily adds, "Don't
be shy". However things haven't been going so well on the site as the
pesky youngsters haven't all been as on message as the government might
have hoped. For instance a quick scan of the discussion topics reveals:
"We don't want the ID Card", "Number of The Beast", "What could 4.4Bn of
taxpayers money be better spent on?", "Carrying on the Stalinist
security state dream", "Creepy" and "Stopping the ID card scheme".

         + German ID fingerprints will be voluntary +

Germans will not have to submit to fingerprinting when their new
electronic ID cards are introduced in 2010 [where have you heard that
year before? - ed]. An interior ministry document circulated to industry
and local authorities confirms that the government has abandoned
compulsion, following widespread controversy. Germans who want their
fingerprints on their IDs will have that option, but it will no longer
be a requirement. The ministry briefing reportedly insists that "the
high German security level should also form the basis of an EU-wide
standard for electronic identity cards". This prompted the ITC news
service Heise Online to look at ID practices around Europe. It found
widely differing systems.  "A Spanish particularity is that the ID card
is associated with a central database in which the full biometric
information of all citizens (photos, fingerprints) is stored. In
Britain, misgivings over such central registration have made the
introduction of electronic identity cards highly controversial."

       "ID" in the news

*+ Doctors repeat call for inquiry into CFH - eHealth Insider 14/7/08 +*
Doctors' representatives have called for an independent inquiry into
Connecting for Health and demanded that trusts be allowed to seek
solutions directly from IT providers.

*+ Airports slam plan for staff ID cards - Travel Trade Gazette 12/7/08*
Airport operators have written an open letter to the home secretary
protesting about a plan to issue airport staff with ID cards. The
British Air Transport Authority (Bata) wrote to Jacqui Smith MP saying
that the introduction of biometric ID cards for about 200,000 airport
workers, scheduled for the second half of 2009, will be costly but have
no tangible benefit.

*+ Report fingers prints as ID scheme's point of failure - The Register
10/7/08 +*
Yet more trouble assails the government's £4.4bn National Identity
Scheme (NIS), as an official report puts the boot into the preferred
scheme for "exception handling" -- and a bunch of techies show how the
recommended system can be beaten.

*+ Privacy issue will dictate data debate - Computing 10/7/08 +*
The oldest and truest cliché about data privacy is that technology is
both the problem and the solution. There have already been murmurings
that ministers want to relax elements of the Data Protection Act to
allow further cross-matching of data in different Whitehall systems.

*+ Cost of surveillance "costing UK £20billion" - The Mirror 7/7/08 +*
The cost of our surveillance society has topped £20billion, a report
claims today. The figure, which is said to work out as costing £800 per
household, includes £19billion for the planned ID card system and
£500million spent on CCTV cameras.

*+ ID cards chief casts doubt on scheme security - ZDNet  4/7/08 +*
The chief executive of the Identity and Passport Service has said the ID
cards database will not be completely secure. James Hall said on
Thursday that, after a string of high-profile data breaches in the past
year, people should be concerned about the security of their personal
information held by the government.,1000000189,39443163,00.htm

*+ ICO slaps TfL over Oyster data hoard - The Register 27/6/08 +*
Last month Transport for London made it compulsory for children using
the network to carry Oyster photocards. This has raised concerns about
the amount of data the company is collecting.

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


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