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NO2ID Newsletter No. 104
« on: August 14, 2008, 08:36:08 pm »
Particularly interesting: problems with e-passports & a new novel by Jeffrey Deaver.  Margie

     ++ NO2ID Supporters' Newsletter No. 104 - 14th August 2008 ++


Once again NO2ID will be holding fringe meetings at the party
conferences taking place this year, which will take place in
September/October.  We will be holding a TUC fringe meeting in Brighton
on Monday 8th September at the Brighthelm Centre, chaired by our Union
Liaison Christina Zaba. We have a presence at the Green conference and
our General Secretary, Guy Herbert, will be speaking at fringe meetings
at the Liberal Democrat and UKIP conferences, both in Bournemouth. At
the Conservative conference in Birmingham we have a stall (highly
prized, now the Conservatives are widely seen as winners by lobbyists)
on the Home Affairs day, and we will be at the Labour conference in

Volunteers for all these events are needed. If you are available to help
at one or other English Party conference please contact
or the relevant NO2ID local group. If you can help at Scottish Party
conferences please contact NO2ID Scotland (, and we
would be delighted to hear from people involved in Welsh or Irish
politics (particularly the latter where our contacts need developing) -
email (

Conference details:

   Green: 5th - 8th September, School of Oriental and African Studies,
   UKIP: 5th - 6th September, Bournemouth International Centre
   TUC Congress: 8th - 11th September, Brighton Centre
   Plaid Cymru: 11th - 13th September, Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
   Liberal Dems: 13th - 17th September, Bournemouth International Centre
   SNP: 16th - 19th September, Perth Concert Hall
   Labour: 20th - 24th September, Manchester Central (formerly GMEX)
   Conservatives: 28th September - 1st October, Birmingham International
Convention Centre


       What's next?

*+ 14th August - NO2ID London Social +*
We will be having another NO2ID social on Thursday 14th August 2008 from
It will be at The Old Crown, 33 New Oxford Street, WC1H 1BH (please
note, it's not at The Crown but The *Old* Crown). Meet the organisers,
ask questions, get involved, have a pint. Everyone is welcome whether a
member, supporter, sympathiser or even Home Office minister.
Enquires to Harry Metcalf:

*+ Consultation on Data Retention Directive +*
The government has launched a consultation on the Electronic
Communications Data Retention (EC Directive) Regulations. Responses
should be sent by 31st October by e-mail to or by post to Andrew Knight, Home
Office, 5th Floor, Peel Building, 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF.

*+ 8th September --- NO2ID at TUC Congress +*
Monday, 8th September at the Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton,
East Sussex BN1 1YD. NO2ID will be holding a fringe meeting to discuss
the imminent impact of the ID scheme and what can be done about it.
Chair: Christina Zaba, NO2ID Union Liaison. Speakers: TBC. Doors open at
6:30pm for a 7:00pm start.

         + 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

_*+ Bradford + *_

*+ 10th September - Bradford NO2ID Meeting (2nd Wednesday of the month) +*
Every second Wednesday of the month 6:30pm at Bradford Resource Centre,
17-21 Chapel Street, Bradford, BD1 5DT.

_*+ Brighton +*_

*+ 16th August - Brighton NO2ID at The Brunswick Festival +*
Saturday, 16th August 11am to 6pm Brighton NO2ID are having a stall at
The Brunswick Festival, Brunswick Square, Hove.  The festival includes
live bands, a variety of stalls, including food stalls and a beer tent
and is free!

_*+ Cambridge +*_

*+ 23rd August - NO2ID Cambridge Stall +*
Saturday, 23rd 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.

*+ 3rd - September NO2ID pub meeting (1st Wednesday of each month) +*
Wednesday, 3rd September 7.30pm at the Salisbury Arms, 76 Tenison Rd,
Cambridge CB1 2DW ( For more
details contact, or text/call Andrew on 07710 469624.

_*+ Dorking +*_

Meetings every first Tuesday at the Lincoln Arms by Dorking mainline
station, 7.30pm all welcome.  Next events -- street stalls in Guildford
and Dorking.

*+ 25th September - "Are your privacy and freedom under threat?" Debate +
*Thursday, 25th September 8.00pm  at The Christian Centre, St Martin's
Church, Dorking, with Sir Paul Beresford MP, Edgar Whitely (LSE) and
surprise guest.

_*+ Dover +*_

*+ 30th August - NO2ID Dover Street Stall +*
Saturday, 30th August, from approx. 10am for at least a couple of hours
(weather permitting) at the top of Biggin Street precinct (by Prince
Albert pub)/in front of war memorial and Town Council office, near Town
Hall.  As much help from supporters as possible welcome.

*+ 30th August - NO2ID Gig Night (Live Music and NO2ID information) +*
Saturday, 30th August at The Whole Earth Café, The Old High Street,
Folkestone. The café will be open to the public with food and drink on
sale. Help from supporters welcome. The lead act band will be "The

_*+ Edinburgh +*_

*Edinburgh Festival play about ID cards*
Kali Theatre will be performing 'Another Paradise' at Venue 112
(clubWest, Nicolson Street) until 25th August. The play is set in
Leamington Spa "at a time when Identity Cards are compulsory and people
are validated only by their digital ID in the National Identity
Database". Described as "a witty and satirical look at a highly
controversial government policy that will soon have a deep and far
reaching effect on our everyday lives". Booking info at:
( action=shows&id=716).
According to Edinburgh NO2ID coordinator, John Welford:  "This is  a
brilliant show - well informed about ID card issues, lively acted  and
well produced.  Definitely not to be missed!"
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 +*_

*+ 20th August - Epsom NO2ID Meeting +*
Wednesday, 20th August at the Assembly Rooms (Weatherspoons) High
Street, Epsom at 7.30pm. The second meeting of Epsom, all welcome, bring
a friend.  In early September we will hold an Epsom street stall to
raise awareness and get new members.

_*+ 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:

_*+ Leicester +*_

*+ 30th August - Leicester NO2ID Street Stall +*
Saturday, 30th August from 1pm by the Clock Tower at Gallow Tree Gate.
Anyone able to help out should email Jon or Avtar on
( If you're not able to attend but are interested in
the work of Leicester NO2ID, please join the mailing list at:

_*+ Leeds +*_

*+ 16th August - Leeds NO2ID Street Stall +*
Saturday, 16th August on Briggate from 1-3pm. If you fancy comming along
to lend a hand contact

*+ 21st August - Leeds NO2ID Planning Meeting +*
Thursday, 21st August from 7-9pm at the Peanut Social Centre on
University of Leeds Campus. Contact for further details

_*+ Maidstone +

*_*+ 21st August - Maidstone NO2ID Inaugural Meeting +*
Thursday, 21st August 6.30pm at Muggleton Inn, 8-9 High Street,
Maidstone, ME14 1HJ. All welcome. Please bring a friend. Further
details: Adrienne Margolis on ( If you're unable to
attend but are interested in the activity of the group please join the
Maidstone mailing list on:

_*+ Manchester +*_

*+ 13th September - Manchester NO2ID Street Stall +*
Saturday, 13th September 2pm-4pm in St. Ann's Square to raise awareness
among the public and engage people in discussion about the National
Identity Register.

_*+ Mold +*_

*+ 8th September - 1st NO2ID Mold Meeting (1st Monday of every month
after that)+ *
Monday, 8th September at Y Delyn Wine Bar, King Street, Mold, CH7 1LA.
Contact Sophie McKeand on or join the mailing list at:

_*+ Southampton +*_

*+ 16th August - Southampton NO2ID Street Stall +*
Saturday 16th August - street stall outside Waitrose, Portswood Road,
Southampton, from about 1.30am-2.30pm. If you would like to help out on
the stall, please contact Michael,

*+ 3rd September - Southampton NO2ID Meeting (1st Wednesday of the month) +*
Wednesday 3rd September 8pm at the Dolphin pub, Osborne Road South,
Southampton (next to St Denys train station). Southampton NO2ID's
monthly meeting. All are welcome.

_*+ Tonbridge & Tunbridge Wells+ *_

Stalls continue apace in both Tonbridge & Tunbridge Wells. If you are
interested in being involved then email and let us know - it's good fun
and you get to know the arguments extremely well!

*+ 16th October - Database State debate +*
Thursday, 16th October at The Skinners' School in Tunbridge Wells, where
students of Skinners and also of neighbouring school TWGGS will debate
and call witnesses. Meg Hillier's secretaries are still unsure after
much correspondence as to whether she will be able to make it or not.
Will she, won't she, will she, won't she defend government policy in an
open public debate given that her diary is still not fixed for that
evening? We are most grateful to Daniel Zeichner and Phil Booth for
kindly agreeing to argue their cases. The level of debate in these
schools excels - it should be fun - put it in your diary!

_*+ Watford +*_

*+ 2nd September - Watford NO2ID 1st Meeting +*
Tuesday, 2nd September 7.15pm at the Estcourt Tavern pub, Estcourt Rd,
WD1 2PY (parallel to Clarendon Rd, just up from Watford Junction rail
station). Everyone is welcome, newcomer or not, curious or committed.
Please bring a friend. For further details feel free to contact Emma
Simmons on ( If you're unable to attend, but are
interested in the activity of the group, please join the local mailing
list on:

       What just happened?

         + E-Passports Cracked Again +

Back in 2006 NO2ID worked with security expert Adam Laurie to
demonstrate insecurities in the new 'ePassport' that has been issued by
the UK Identity and Passport Service since then. The passport contains a
chip which holds information about the passport holder. Laurie was able
to read data from an e-passport without even taking it out of the
envelope it was delivered in. Now a Dutch hacker, Jeroen van Beek, has
shown that it is possible to create a fake chip, which could then be put
it in a legitimate passport. Last month 3,000 blank e-passports were
stolen from the back of a van. The e-passport is a worldwide standard
created by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) after
pressure from the United States in 2001. Since their introduction the
chipped passports have been the subject of much controversy. The new
passports were introduced in the UK under royal prerogative (without the
need of consultation, debate or legislation). If the government want the
UK ID card to act as a "passport lite" then they will put the same chip
into the cards. The Identity and Passport service have also talked about
storing fingerprints on the chip - claiming that it is necessary to
comply with Europe and/or International Standards. As we have reported
previously fingerprints are not part of any standard with which the
government must comply.

         + Government responds to 'A Surveillance Society?' report +

The government has released its response to the Home Affairs Committee's
'A surveillance society?' inquiry which produced its report in June (see
NO2ID Newsletter 100). On their widespread data-sharing agenda the
government says that there are safeguards in the Data Protection Act
and: "As this has already been debated in Parliament, we do not feel
that a Parliamentary debate is required every time these principles are
applied to a new Government proposal". On Biometrics linked to the
National Identity Register the response says: "Biometric information
will be encrypted from the moment it is enrolled right through to the
Register" - this is an interesting claim in light of the cracking of the
e-passport. Meanwhile the response tries to allay fears about
ContactPoint, the database that will hold details of every child in
England, by saying that it will "be like a computer based phone book".
Read the response at:

         + New novel looks as the Database State +

Bestselling author Jeffery Deaver has written a new novel that takes a
look at the ever growing Database State. In 'The Broken Window' Deaver
uses the threat of government databases as the main basis for the book.
Deaver even ends the novel with some notes to assist readers in making
contact with anti-ID organisations, and recommends 'No Place to Hide',
by Robert O'Harrow Jr (See Deaver is best known
for his Lincoln Rhyme novels (one of which was turned into the film 'The
Bone Collector' starring Denzel Washington). Hopefully the book will
help to make a larger audience aware of the some of the issues we are
campaigning against.

       "ID" in the news

*+ Government publishes new, wider Data Retention Regulations - Out-Law
14/8/08 +*
The Government has published a draft law that mandates the retention of
data by internet service providers (ISPs) and telecoms companies. The
proposed Regulations will replace an earlier law that applied to
non-internet data only.

*+ Spy fear over e-mail check planA computer keyboard - BBC News Online
13/8/08 +*
Plans to give local councils and other public bodies the power to
monitor e-mail and internet traffic have been branded a "snoopers'

*+ Health bodies could access communication logs - e-Health Insider
13/8/08 +*
Public bodies, including health authorities, could be able to access
information about all personal calls and internet use under proposals
from the Home Office.

*+ Irish bus pass is 'identity card by stealth' - The Times 10/8/08 +*
The new travel pass could evolve to let the state watch our every move.
In Ireland, the "soft" introduction of the public services card has
caused barely a stir.

*+ Scots schoolchildren to be fingerprinted in controversial ID scheme -
Glasgow Sunday Mail 10/8/08 +*
More than 8000 pupils are to have their fingerprints taken so they can
be tracked by teachers. Controversial biometric fingerprinting will be
introduced to eight secondary schools in the biggest experiment of its
type in Scotland.  But parents yesterday attacked the scheme, saying
there are few controls over who can access the fingerprint database.

*+ E-Passports Signed, Sealed, Delivered -- But Not Like You May Think -
Wired 8/8/08 +*
Two years ago security researcher Lukas Grunwald showed how the chips in
new electronic passports could easily be cloned. Grunwald's attack,
however, was limited in that he hadn't found a way to alter data on the
tag in a manner that could not be detected. Data on passport chips is
hashed and digitally signed by the issuing country. Changing data on the
passport chip would change the hash, indicating that the chip had been
manipulated and thus invalidating it.

*+ Passports: This isn't supposed to happen: how a baby became bin Laden
- The Times 6/8/08 +*
Jeroen van Beek takes the passport of a 16-month-old British boy and
puts it on to a £40 smartcard reader the size of an iPod. He punches a
code into his computer and, within seconds, the information contained in
the passport's microchip appears on screen.

*+ Big problems hit Royal Free's Cerner care records roll-out -
ComputerWeekly 5/8/08 +*
Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, whose staff treat 500,000 patients a
year from around the world, has run into "significant" problems
including system crashes, delays booking patient appointments and data
missing in records.
*(Please send me any items of interest you encounter -
Editor( )


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