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NO2ID Newsletter No 107
« on: September 28, 2008, 01:13:24 pm »
++ NO2ID Supporters' Newsletter No. 107 - 25th September 2008 ++

Desperate to shore up support for the ID scheme, the Home Secretary thisweek brandished a new plastic card to be issued to some foreignresidents from November, calling it an "ID card" for foreign nationals.This cynical branding exercise with its sly appeal to xenophobia shouldfool no-one. Having failed to convince industry and employers, the unions and thepublic at large that ID cards are necessary or desirable, the governmenthas resorted to picking on soft targets - anonymous individuals seekingmarriage visas or education - those who have no choice but to keep quietand comply. And if the statements of junior minister Meg Hiller atLabour Party conference are to be believed, they also intend to targetchildren as young as 14. Ministers try to give the impression that their National Identity Schemeis inevitable It is not. All the opposition parties are committed toscrapping it and, without the National Identity Register (the databaseat the heart of the scheme) and with the repeal of the Identity CardsAct we can - and shall - go back to being a free country.
On October 11th, freedom-loving people across Europe will be holding aday of protest against the current *international* assault on privacyand civil liberties. NO2ID, the Open Rights Group and others in the UKwill be participating with an action in London that YOU can join fromanywhere in the UK by simply sending us a photo. We would like you to send us a picture of 'the database state' in YOURlife. We want images of the signs of mass surveillance, and any form ofintrusive ID or state control - cameras, cards, scanners, forms,whatever you like. Take a photograph with your (digital) camera ormobile phone and send a copy to And on October 11th keep any eye out for the big picture...

*+ Many thanks for your Database State stories +*
Many thanks to all those who have sent their stories of how the databasestate has affected them. NO2ID is in the middle of putting together acomprehensive briefing document which explains the concept of 'TheDatabase State' and sets out in plain language exactly why it's such badnews for everyone of us in this country. Anyone who would still like tocontribute should contact us initially by email and we can proceed in the manner most convenientfor you. Of course, NO2ID is a privacy organisation and any stories willbe treated in the strictest confidence.

+ What just happened?  +

Government spins ID scheme by re-announcing "ID cards forforeigners" +
Today the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith closed the Labour Partyconference by re-announcing "ID cards for foreigners". In fact a systemof biometric visas is being introduced for some foreign residents fromNovember but it is not really part of the National Identity Scheme whichhasn't been built yet! This fact has not stopped the government usingthe words "ID cards", together with a sly appeal to xenophobia to drumup support for its unpopular scheme. It seems the BBC knows a thing ortwo - halfway down an item 'Foreign national ID card unveiled' on itswebsite, there is a video box labelled "How an identity card will work".Knowledge-hungry surfers who clicked the little arrow were confrontedwith a black screen. It bore the words "This content doesn't seem to beworking. Try again later." 

+ NO2ID has an identity crisis at Labour conference +
NO2ID's national co-ordinator Phil Booth was unable to get into a LabourParty conference fringe meeting this week because he couldn't get an IDcard! Phil was due to debate the ID scheme with Home Office minister MegHillier but Labour's pass office in Manchester told him there had been aproblem with his application and it would cost him £600 for a temporarypass to enter the conference for an hour! If this is how they organiseID for their own party conference it makes you wonder how the are theygoing to organise ID cards for 50 million people. 

+ They're coming for your kids - Part 2+
This week Meg Hillier told a Labour party conference fringe meeting (theone Phil Booth couldn't get into) that she saw no reason why ID cardscouldn't be given to children as young as 14. The Identity and PassportService has since denied that plans are afoot to lower the age from 16(as laid out in the ID cards act). Hillier also hinted at attempts tofetter future governments when she said: "There isn't an easy way tounpick this [ID] scheme", and going on to claim, "quite rightly becauseit is invaluable". Meanwhile Action on Right for Children has put in aFreedom of Information request for the full security review of thegovernment's children's database Contactpoint, following publication ofthe executive summary and the recent controversy over problems with"shielding" records of vulnerable (see last newsletter). 

+ Germany to renationalise ID producer +
Private-sector manufacture of passports and ID cards is too risky, theGerman government has decided. ID producer Bundesdruckerei, which wasprivatised eight years ago, is to be bought back by the taxpayer for anundisclosed sum. The move will "safeguard national security interests,"the firm says. Its renationalisation "meets a security requirement forawarding Bundesdruckerei GmbH the contract to produce the electronicidentity card". The company has been making German ePassports since2005. ID cards are compulsory in Germany, which plans to phase in eIDfrom 2010. Bundesdruckerei will build a new production plant in Berlin,at a cost of "up to 50 million Euro" (almost £40m).
*Data leaks - they're happening everywhere*
The dangers of assigning a unique identifier (like the UK NationalIdentity Register number) to every citizen have become all too clear inNorway. Each year, the tax department there sends the media a list ofall the country's taxpayers, and the amount of tax paid. But this time,the CD received by journalists also links each person's details to the"birth number" that follows every Norwegian from the cradle to thegrave. "We've no idea how it happened," a spokesperson said. Large-scaleidentity theft is now a real possibility.


+ What's next?

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

*+ New consultation on Connection for Health and secondary uses ofpatient data +*
"NHS Connecting for Health are gathering people's views to help themmake important decisions about the ways the NHS can use information itcollects about patients. Such patient data is mainly used to providecare and treatment but can also have additional uses such as research,auditing the quality and safety of care, management planning, etc. Thisconsultation is focusing on additional uses." Responses should be sentto Chrissy Brand (FREEPOST RRXB-TTRR-HJGB, Tribal Consulting, PalatineRoad, Manchester, M22 4DB) by 10th December.See

The size, influence and activity of NO2ID's local group network isunique amongst single-issue campaigning and is growing all the time.Groups raise awareness of the work of NO2ID, inform their localpoliticians and journalists about the depth of the ID scheme and provideus with our now main method of attracting new members and supporters.Their work is vital and effective and enables us to maintain arelatively high local media presence that many campaigning groups envy.To see if there's a group in your area check our list at, if you're interested in starting a group yourself, please contactMatty on to discuss what's involved and what wehave in place to support coordinators and their groups.
NO2ID groups in London are looking for someone to be an 'eventsspotter'. The idea is that this person would keep an eye on upcominghappenings at which it might be good for London groups to hold stalls.We're thinking fetes, festivals, political events, talks, communityaction groups, that sort of thing, but anything where we might be ableto reach more potential London supporters would be excellent. It wouldbe primarily an email based role, but London coordinators meet onceevery three months to discuss tactics, trade advice etc and the eventsspotting person would be very welcome to attend. Please email MattyMitford on for more info.
_*+ Birmingham +*_
*+ 30th September - Birmingham NO2ID Meeting +*Tuesday, 30th September 7.30pm at Bennett's Bar at the junction ofBennett's Hill and Waterloo Street, postcode B2 5RS, in the city centre.At this month's meeting we have a special guest speaker, NationalCo-ordinator Phil Booth, fresh from the Labour and Conservative PartyConferences, who will offer advice and take questions from local supporters.

_*+ Bradford + *_
*+ 8th October - 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.

_*+ Bristol +*_
*+ 1st October - Bristol NO2ID meeting +*Wednesday, 1st October at Deco Lounge on Cotham Hill from 7 - 8pm. Comeand meet your friendly local campaigners on the first Wednesday of everymonth._**__

*+ Cambridge +*_****
*+ 1st - October NO2ID pub meeting (1st Wednesday of each month) +*Wednesday, 1st October 7.30pm at the Salisbury Arms, 76 Tenison Rd,Cambridge CB1 2DW ( For moredetails contact, or text/call Andrew on 07710 469624. *+ 4th October - NO2ID Cambridge Stall +*Saturday, 4th October at 10am in the usual spot outside CambridgeGuildhall. Location Map: As ever, volunteersto help very welcome - please email, or text/callAlex on 07811 917096 if you can make it. *+ 12th October - "Taking Liberties" +*Sunday, 12th October 8pm at 22 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BQ. Doors open7:30pm. Cambridge NO2ID and the Cafe Project( are co-hosting a free showing of theacclaimed documentary "Taking Liberties". For more information on thefilm see

 _*+ Camden and Islington +*_
*+ 7th October - Camden and Islington NO2ID Meeting (Now 1st Tuesday ofthe month) +*Tuesday, 7th October at 8pm, at our regular venue, The Castle, 54Pentonville Road, London. We'll try and sit at the big table on the toplevel at the back of the pub - if not, just look for the table with theNO2ID flyers. Nearest tube is either Angel or Kings Cross.( Please note:Our meeting days have changed from 1st Mondays to 1st Tuesdays. Please join our mailing list to keep up with our activities:

 _*+ Cromer +*_
 *+ 6th October - Cromer NO2ID Meeting (1st Monday of each month) +*Monday, 6th October at 7:30pm, at The White Horse Inn, West Street, Cromer.

 _*+ Deptford +*_
*+ 4th October - NO2ID Deptford Street Stall +*Saturday, 4th October in the morning on Deptford High Street. At ourlast stall we took about 70 signatures. More details from

 _*+ Dorking +*_
+ *30th September - Dorking NO2ID Social* +Tuesday, 30th September from 7:30pm - everyone invited to a social inthe Lincoln Arms. *+ 7th October - Dorking NO2ID Meeting *CANCELLED* (usually 1st Tuesdayof Month) +*Tuesday, 7th October - monthly meeting in October cancelled -- insteadeveryone invited to a social in the Lincoln Arms on 30th September from7.30pm.

 _*+ Dover +*_
 *+ 27th September - NO2ID Dover Street Stall +*Saturday, 27th September from around 10am in FOLKESTONE located in theSandgate Road precinct, at corner of Westcliff Gardens, weatherpermitting. All help from local members and supporters welcome. Pleasecontact Ian Taylor at if you can be there, or need toarrange transport.

_**__*+ Edinburgh +*_**
*Saturdays 1pm - 3pm - NO2ID Edinburgh street stall*Every week, weather permitting, you will find our campaigning stall atthe east end of Princes Street, opposite the Balmoral Hotel. Do drop byfor a chat. New volunteers - please contact John (,and for more group information see *+ 8th October - Edinburgh NO2ID Meeting (* room and start time changed*) +*Wednesday, 8th October at 7.45pm in the Quaker Meeting House, 7 VictoriaTerrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL - NB in the Meeting Room. The meeting will bethe first since the Home Office "Consultation" at which nine NO2IDdemonstrators were arrested. There will be a full report and discussionof the protest, the arrests and what has happened since. Please notethat the room and start time have had to be changed since the firstannouncement. All are welcome at the meeting, as always.

 _*+ Epsom +*_
Epsom had their first street stall collecting 161 petition signatures inthe wind and rain. Next meeting TBA. Still looking for a groupcoordinator to take things forward quicker. If you are local and canhelp in any way, please get in touch with Geoff at

_*+ Glasgow +*_
*Most Saturdays 2pm - NO2ID Glasgow street stall*Most Saturdays there are stalls in Glasgow city centre (usually BuchananStreet) from about 2pm. Volunteers are always welcome, please contactGeraint if you would like to help: *+ 7th October - Glasgow NO2ID Meeting +*Tuesday, 7th October at 8pm in Mono. All welcome. *+ NEW NO2ID Group for Glasgow University Students and Staff+*A new NO2ID group has been formed at Glasgow University. Staff orstudents interested in getting involved should contact Stephen or join the mailing list directly at( The firstmeeting will be held on Monday 29th at 19:00 in Usige Beatha onWoodlands Road. There is a map available at( This is only a temporarymeeting place and time until we get on our feet. If anyone knowssomewhere better they can bring it up at the meeting. We will bediscussing allocation of funds as well as many other exciting things,and having a few drinks... We hope as many of you can make it as possible. Students at other universities or colleges in the city who would like toset up a similar group are encouraged to contact Geraint

_*+ Hammersmith and Fulham +*_
 Local coordinator, Brian Mooney, is keen to hear from anyone who canhelp him with generating activity in the Hammersmith & Fulham area.Brian welcomes your thoughts and your questions, and can be contactedvia: or on 07976 414913 If you are interested in the work of the Hammersmith and Fulham group,please join the mailing list on:

 _*+ Maidstone +*_ *+ 16th October Maidstone NO2ID meeting +*Thursday, 16th October, at 6.30pm, at The Muggleton Inn, High St, Maidstone.

_**__*+ Manchester +*_
For updates and discussion, join the Manchester NO2ID mailing list at *Manchester NO2ID unleash a new weapon in the war against the databasestate*See *Students Against ID at Manchester University ramps up for an energeticnew year with 300 members at Freshers' Fair*See *Manchester NO2ID at the Labour Party Conference*Manchester NO2ID and the British Computer Society ran a successfulpublic meeting "Privacy and Security in the Database State" with PhilBooth of NO2ID and Becky Hogge from the Open Rights Group. Labour PartyConference delegates claimed to be largely opposed to ID cards in astraw poll conducted by Manchester NO2ID supporters as they flyered theconference queue each morning of conference. *+ 11th October - Manchester NO2ID Street Stall +*Saturday, 11th October 2pm-4pm in St. Anne's Square, Manchester.Newcomers, committed and curious welcome. *+ 15th October - Manchester NO2ID meeting +*Wednesday, 15th October 7pm-9pm in the upstairs function room of theTown Hall Tavern, Tib Lane, Manchester. **

_*+ Mold +*_
*+ 6th October - NO2ID Mold Meeting (1st Monday of every month)+ *Monday, 6th October at Y Delyn Wine Bar, King Street, Mold, CH7 1LA.Contact Sophie McKeand on or join the mailing list at:

_*+ Newcastle +*_
*+ 1st October - NO2ID Newcastle Relaunch Meeting (and the 1st Wednesdayof month thereafter) +*Wednesday, 1st October from 7.30pm at Centre Against Unemployment, 4Cloth Market, Newcastle, NE1 1EE and every first Wednesday after that,same venue and time. Everyone is welcome, newcomer or not, curious orcommitted. Bring a friend. Further details: Nathan Allonby If you're unable to attend but are interested in the activity of thegroup, please join the Newcastle mailing list on:

_*+ Oxford + *_
*+ 27th September - NO2ID Oxford Street Stall +*Saturday, 27th September from 11am for a couple of hours on CornmarketStreet, Oxford. It helps if you let us know if you're going to lend ahand so drop us an email if you fancy coming along ( *+ 2nd October - Oxford NO2ID Meeting (1st Thursday of month) +*Thursday, 2nd October 8pm at the Mitre on the High Street in Oxford.More details at

 _*+ Plymouth +*_
*+ 27th September - Plymouth NO2ID Street Stall +*Saturday 27th September from 9:00am - 5:00pm at Armada Way, PlymouthCity Centre. If you're interested in helping with the stall, contactSimon on For more information about the group,please join the mailing list on

 _*+ Selby +*_
*+ 27th September - Selby NO2ID Street Stall, York +*Saturday, 27th September 10.30am in Parliament Street, York. *+ 12st October - Selby NO2ID Meeting +*Tuesday, 21st October 8pm at the Blue Bell, Monk Fryston.

 _*+ Shrewsbury +*_
*+ 18th October - Shrewsbury NO2ID street stall+*Saturday, 18th October (weather permitting) between 10.30am and 1.30pmon Pride Hill. Drop by and say hello - if you can stay a little longeryou are welcome to help by handing out leaflets and chatting to people. *+ 20th October - Shrewsbury NO2ID pub Meeting (3rd Monday of the month)+*Monday, 3rd October 7.15pm until about 9pm we will be meeting at theArmoury, Victoria Quay, Victoria Avenue, Welsh Bridge, Shrewsbury ( Look for a table with NO2ID leafletsscattered around it. Most of us will be eating, or just come for adrink. The St Austin's Street car park behind the Armoury is free ofcharge after 8pm.

 _*+ Southampton +*_
***+ 1st October - Southampton NO2ID Meeting (1st Wednesday of the month) +*Wednesday 3rd October 8pm at the Dolphin pub, Osborne Road South,Southampton (next to St Denys train station). All are welcome. EmailSharni, for more info/directions. *+ 2nd October - Screening of "Taking Liberties" hosted by SouthamptonNO2ID +*Thursday, 2nd October 7.30pm at The Art House, 81a Bedford PlaceSouthampton. Booking required: please phone 02380 238582 or No fee but donations welcome.

 _*+ Tonbridge & Tunbridge Wells+ *_
Please do drop by at one of our forthcoming stalls, or even volunteer tohelp (we break you in gently!) . We will soon be starting monthlypub-based meetings for the winter - watch this space. *+ 27th September - Street Stall Tunbridge Wells +*Saturday, 27th September 11.00 - 13:00 at pedestrian precinct, oppositeVictoria Centre shopping centre. If you want to help please do drop us aline at *+ 4th October - First-ever Sevenoaks Stall !! +*Saturday, 4th October 11.00 - 13:00, location to be decided. If you wantto help please do drop us a line at *+ 16th October - "The Database State" debate +*Thursday, 16th October 7.30pm at The Skinners' School, St John's Road,Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN4 9PG. Greg Clark MP will chair two teams ofstudents quizzing Daniel Zeichner (Labour Party Spokesman) and PhilBooth (National Coordinator of NO2ID). We are still in activediscussions with Meg Hillier's office regarding this event, and hopevery much that Ms Hillier will be game for an open, public debate on thetopic. Watch this space.

_*+ Watford +*_
*+ 7th October - Watford NO2ID 1st Meeting +*Tuesday, 7th October, 7.15pm at the Estcourt Tavern pub, Estcourt Rd,WD1 2PY (parallel to Clarendon Rd, just up from Watford Junction railstation). Everyone is welcome, newcomer or not, curious or committed.Please bring a friend. For further details feel free to contact Emma orTony Simmons on ( If you're unable to attend, but areinterested in the activity of the group, please join the local mailinglist on:


+ "ID" in the news *+

Anger as Jacqui Smith prepares to unveil ID card design - TheTelegraph 25/9/08 +*
The design of the Government's controversial ID card is to be unveiledby Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, in what critics have labelled a"softening up exercise" to win public approval. *+ Deadlock over ID card move - Financial Times 24/9/08

+*Talks over the summer have failed to resolve the deadlock over plans foran accelerated introduction of identity cards to airport staff, theFinancial Times has learnt -- a situation that threatens to derailgovernment efforts to push ahead with a national roll-out.

*+ Migrant ID cards to be unveiled - The Sun 24/9/08 +*The first ID card for foreign nationals will be unveiled by HomeSecretary Jacqui Smith tomorrow. The credit card-like pass will replacestickers and other immigration documents which have been subject to fraud.

*+ Scotland reviews rules on DNA - Kable 23/9/08 +*A two month consultation exercise will consider proposals to allowpolice to retain forensic evidence taken from suspects who are dealtwith by a fine, compensation or work order, rather than prosecuted incourts.!OpenDocument

*+ Labour minister says 14 year olds should get ID cards - The Register23/9/08 +*
A government minister has spoken glowingly of the prospect of kids asyoung as six handing over their biometrics as she boasted that theTories and LibDems would find it impossible to unpick the government'sID card scheme. *+ ePassport tests put biometrics through their paces - The Register19/9/08

+*Results have emerged from tests held in Prague last week designed to put'second-generation' electronic passports through their paces, and guesswhat - no-one failed. The tests are partly designed to address recentsecurity and privacy concerns about electronic passports that featureRFID chips containing biometric data.

*+ Government whittles down ID scheme suppliers - ZDNet 17/9/08 +*
The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) has further whittled down thecompanies shortlisted to deliver parts of the ID card system andpassport-application scheme.,1000000189,39489326,00.htm

*+ Anger as car journey data stored - Evening Standard 15/9/08 +*
Civil liberties campaigners have expressed alarm that millions of carjourneys are to be stored on a national database for five years. Alreadysome 10 million journeys a day are being recorded using automatic numberplate recognition (ANPR), but this is set to rise to 50 million. It willbe collated at a new National ANPR Data Centre in Hendon, north London,for use by police.

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


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