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NO2ID Newsletter No. 111
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++ NO2ID Supporters' Newsletter No. 111 - 20th November 2008 ++
 
+ SEND THE GOVERNMENT A CLEAR MESSAGE ABOUT USE OF PATIENT INFORMATION
 
NHS Connecting for Health (NHS CFH) is conducting a consultation on the
wider use of patient information [1] (see http://tinyurl.com/6l2goc).
 
The consultation relates to the so called "Secondary Uses Service (SUS)"
whereby every time you attend a hospital appointment your post code,
date of birth, GP details, consultant details, outpatient clinic,
inpatient admission, procedure, cost and whether you are to be followed
up is all sent by the hospital to BT. All these details will be stored
at the regional hosting centre and can be accessed by your local Primary
Care Trust, Strategic Health Authority and the Department of Health via
the SUS database that BT now manage. Medical researchers are allowed
access to all this personal and clinical information.
 
Connecting for Health claims that most data in the SUS will be
anonymised but a document obtained from the Department of Health under
the Freedom of Information Act by Professor Ross Anderson of Cambridge
University shows that they will not be anonymising this medical data [2].
 
The NHS confidentiality group [3] has already produced an opt out letter
to allow patients to opt out of the upload of Summary Care Records to
the NHS 'spine' (the central database that will be used to store
electronic patient records) and they are now working on an opt out from
the Secondary Uses Service.
 
With the 'spine' effectively stalled this is one of the few
consultations where sheer volume of negative response may have some
effect - so please do help us send a message to the government that our
medical records are private and should remain so.
 
Responses should be sent to Chrissy Brand (FREEPOST RRXB-TTRR-HJGB,
Tribal Consulting, Palatine Road, Manchester, M22 4DB) by 10th December.
 
--
NOTES:
 
[1] Details of the consultation are at
http://www.connectingforhealth.nhs.uk/systemsandservices/research/consultation
[2] The letter can be downloaded from
http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/Papers/SUS-governance.pdf
[3] http://www.nhsconfidentiality.org
 
 
*+ WATCH OUT FOR NO2ID LETTERS IN LOCAL PAPERS +*
Look out for NO2ID letters in your local papers from next week on "ID
cards for foreign nationals". Local groups around the country have been
contacting local media to highlight the issues surrounding the first
phase of the government's ID scheme. If you see one of the letters then
write in to the paper and provoke more discussion. The local media is a
great place for us to get our message across.
 
*+ NO2ID AND NO BORDERS PROTESTS AROUND THE COUNTRY +*
Biometric ID cards will come into force for non-EU students and spouses
from 25th November and will be issued from offices in Birmingham,
Cardiff, Croydon, Glasgow, Liverpool, and Sheffield. NO2ID and No
Borders are planning to hold protests outside each of the offices on
that day. See the listings for London, Brighton & Hove, Manchester,
Glasgow and Leeds in the What's Next section below. No Borders South
Wales will also be protesting outside the Cardiff centre from 12 noon on
the 25th November.
See our forums for more information of protests:
http://forum.no2id.net/viewtopic.php?t=24837
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+ What just happened? +
 
 
+ Home Office at the Constitution Committee's Surveillance Inquiry +
 
On Wednesday morning (19th November) Vernon Coaker, Home Office Minister
of State for Policing, Crime & Security, gave evidence to the House of
Lords Constitution Committee's Surveillance Inquiry. Asked about the
ability of the proposed National Identity Scheme Commissioner to deal
with the huge task of policing a system of millions of people Coaker
said: "we would expect the commissioner to be pro-active, tough and
resourceful". On the fact that people arrested but not subsequently
charged have DNA on the National DNA database Coaker said: "there is
still a threshold there because the officer who arrests somebody has to
arrest somebody according to the PACE [Police and Criminal Evidence Act]
procedures, that requires them to have reasonable suspicion that they
have committed a crime, they also then have to be taken to the police
station and the custody sergeant there deciding that that person should
be detained". Coaker manages to make it sound as though there are checks
and balances at every step, when of course there are not. Coaker also
forgot to mention that a police officer can arrest someone if he has
"reasonable suspicion" (itself a low threshold) that a person is going
to commit an offence. Last year 700,000 samples were added to the DNA
database, a record figure for one year.
Watch the session at:
http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/VideoPlayer.aspx?meetingId=2876
 
 
+ Scottish Parliament passes another anti-ID scheme motion +
 
On Wednesday (19th November) members of the Scottish Parliament passed a
motion against the UK government's ID scheme. The motion was passed by
69 votes to zero with 38 abstentions, and stated: "the UK Government has
repeatedly shown itself to be incapable of keeping personal data
securely and therefore cannot be trusted with what would be the most
powerful, most expensive and most intrusive database in the world;
further recognises the large-scale public and political opposition to
the imposition of the ID card scheme; believes that the money for ID
cards could more usefully be spent elsewhere".
The debate will be available online shortly at:
http://www.holyrood.tv/library.asp?iPid=3&section=31&title=General+Debates
 
 
+ Home Office Launch ID cards - again! +
 
The UK Identity and Passport Service have published yet another launch
document for the National Identity Scheme. The 20 page propaganda piece
is entitled "Introducing the National Identity Scheme - How the Scheme
will work and how it will benefit you" with illustrative examples to
show what the government thinks an ID card could do for you. For
instance a 19 year old goes up to a bar "digs in her bag and pulls out
her identity card. She hands it over which confirms that she is in fact
19. As she puts the card back in her purse she is relieved that she no
longer has to hand over documents with her address on them to prove her
age". Or Dave who wants to get a mortgage and "is pleasantly surprised
to be told that, as he has his identity card with him, they can verify
his details now and start processing his application immediately". The
document doesn't mention that once your details are in the database they
are in there for life, that it is your responsibility to keep that data
up to date and to not lose your card, that you can't check your record,
that there are fines for any errors or if you fail to keep your data up
to date, and that the National Identity Register Number will be used to
track you for the rest of your life.
See
http://www.ips.gov.uk/identity/downloads/introducing_the_national_identity_scheme.pdf
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+ What's next? +
 
*+ NO2ID T-SHIRTS - THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT +*
NO2ID T-shirts are a great present idea but to guarantee delivery before
Christmas you should order now. T-shirts cost £12 and we have a stock of
"Labour's Poll Tax" in all sizes (we won't be reprinting it so it should
be a collectors' item). In most sizes of the classic www.NO2ID.net
design there is a choice of Black or White, but we won't have new stock
before Christmas and stocks are limited so please specify whether we may
substitute the other colour or not. Where we do have stock we should be
able to supply in time for Christmas if orders reach us by end of November.
For an order form go to
http://www.no2id.net/getInvolved/no2id_merchandise_order_form.pdf
 
 
+ LOCAL GROUPS NEWS +
 
The size, influence and activity of NO2ID's local group network is
unique amongst single-issue campaigning and is growing all the time.
Groups raise awareness of the work of NO2ID, inform their local
politicians and journalists about the depth of the ID scheme and provide
us with our now main method of attracting new members and supporters.
Their work is vital and effective and enables us to maintain a
relatively high local media presence that many campaigning groups envy.
To see if there's a group in your area check our list at
http://www.no2id.net/localGroups/
Or, if you're interested in starting a group yourself, please contact
Matty on local.groups@no2id.net to discuss what's involved and what we
have in place to support coordinators and their groups.
 
_*+ Brighton and Hove +*_
 
*+ 25th November - Demonstration against first ID cards +*
Tuesday, 25th November - meet on New Road at 12:20. Visual demonstration
to raise awareness that this is the day the first ID cards will be
issued! We will be doing two short stunts, at 12:30 and 13:00. We need
as many people as possible to stand in a queue, where you will
eventually be either 'authorised' or not.
 
*+ 25th November - Brighton and Hove NO2ID Meeting +*
Tuesday, 25th November 7.30pm at the Brighton Peace and Environment
Centre, opposite the train station.We will also be going to the Battle
of Trafalgar afterwards if meetings aren't your thing.
 
_*+ Bristol +*_
 
*+ 1st December - Screening of Taking Liberties +*
Monday, 1st December at 8pm, showing of "Taking Liberties" at The Cube
with introduction by Dave Gould of Bristol NO2ID. Tickets £4/£3.
 
_*+ Cambridge +*_
 
*+ 22nd November - NO2ID Cambridge Stall +*
Saturday, 22nd November at 10am in the usual spot outside Cambridge
Guildhall. Location Map: (http://www.aardvarkmap.net/mape/T5LZATLS) As
ever, volunteers to help very welcome - please email
cambridge@no2id.net, or text/call Andrew on 07710 469624 if you can make it.
 
*+ 3rd December - Cambridge NO2ID pub meeting (1st Wednesday of each
month) +*
Wednesday, 3rd December, 7.30pm at the Salisbury Arms, 76 Tenison Rd,
Cambridge CB1 2DW (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=cb1+2dw). For more
details contact cambridge@no2id.net, or text/call Andrew on 07710 469624.
 
_*+ Coventry +
*_*
+ 26th November - Coventry NO2ID group re-launch meeting (every third
Wednesday of the month thereafter) +*
Wednesday, 26th November from 6.30pm at The Rocket, 103 Warwick Road,
Coventry, CV3 6AN. As one of the areas best-served with NO2ID members
the group has decided to form a new structure allowing maximum action
with minimum waffle. Everyone is welcome, newcomer or not, curious or
committed. Please bring a friend. Further details: Claire Boylan on
coventry@no2id.net
 
If you're unable to attend but are interested in the activity of the
group, please join the Coventry mailing list on:
http://lists.no2id.org/mailman/listinfo/no2id.coventry
 
_*+ Deptford +*_
 
*+ 12th December - Deptford NO2ID Film Night - 'Taking Liberties' +*
Friday, 12th December at the Deptford Arms, 52 Deptford High St, London,
SE8 4RT Tel: 0871 917 000. Deptford NO2ID is showing "Taking Liberties",
contact deptford@no2id.net for more info.
 
_*+ Dorking +*_
 
Following lots of street stalls, 2250 odd signatures collected on the
petition, a successful public meeting and a motion against ID Cards
passed by Mole Valley Council, we are looking forward and planning new
projects. We will continue with street stalls over the winter and are
looking to Surrey County Council also to pass a motion against ID Cards.
 
*+ 2nd December - Dorking NO2ID Meeting (1st Tuesday of Month) +*
Tuesday, 2nd December, 7.30pm at the Lincoln Arms (near Dorking mainline
station). All welcome.
 
_*+ Edinburgh +*_
***
****+ 26th November - Edinburgh NO2ID Meeting +*
Wednesday, 26th November, 7.45pm in the Meeting Room, Quaker Meeting
House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL. At last we have found a
Labour MSP (Lord George Foulkes) willing to come and talk about ID
cards, surveillance and personal privacy. This is a public meeting - all
welcome.
***
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 (edinburgh@no2id.net),
and for more group information see http://www.no2id-scotland.net/edinburgh/
 
_*+ Epsom +*_
 
*Appeal for new group co-ordinator*
We are a group of about 7 -- but all rather busy. So we are appealing
for a group coordinator to come and organise us. Any offers? Please
contact epsom@no2id.net
_**_
_*+ Glasgow +
 
*_*+ 25th November - Glasgow NO2ID Protest +*
Tuesday, 25th November, 1:30pm at the Home Office immigration centre,
Festival Court, 200 Brand Street, Govan, Glasgow G51 1DH. NO2ID Glasgow
will be protesting the introduction of ID cards for foreigners. Other
anti-ID card groups will be protesting there from noon, see
http://scotland.indymedia.org/node/11686
 
*+ 2nd December - Glasgow NO2ID Meeting (1st Tuesday of every month) +*
Tuesday, 2nd December, 8pm at Mono, 12 King's Court, Townhead, Glasgow
G1 5RB. All welcome! Enquiries to Geraint: Glasgow@NO2ID.net
 
*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: glasgow@no2id.net
 
_*+ Leeds +*_
 
*+ 24th November - Leeds NO2ID Protest + *
Monday, 24th November, 6pm at Dortmund Square, Outside St John's
Shopping Centre, Headrow, Leeds. In opposition to the scheme we invite
all individuals and groups opposed to ID cards to join us in Leeds City
Centre where we will be setting fire to a mock ID card. For more info
see http://yorkshireno2id.org/events/
 
*+ 26th November - Leeds University Forum on ID Cards +*
Wednesday, 26th November at 5pm in the Union. Speakers include James
Elsdon-Baker, NO2ID and Dr Carole McCartney, University of Leeds who
will talk about the introduction of ID cards and the DNA database
respectively. Followed by an open forum led by representatives from
Liberty@Leeds who are concerned that students will be among the first
affected by this costly scheme, with vulnerable foreign students first
in line. The event takes place in the same week as the government is to
introduce ID cards for non-EEA students and will be advertised by the
smashing of an ID card piñata at 1pm on the same day as the event
outside the Student Union. Questions and debate will follow the
speeches. All welcome, students and non-students.
 
_*+ Liverpool +*_
See "Manchester" below for 25th November Liverpool Immigration Centre
protest.
 
_*+ London +*_
 
*+ 25th November - Opposing the Launch of ID Cards, London +*
Tuesday, 25th November, 12-2pm at Lunar House, Croydon (40 Wellesley
Road Croydon, CR9 2BY). Picket/protest called by London NoBorders. The
UK is becoming a mass surveillance society, migrants are at the very
sharp end. We see the launch of ID cards for some migrants as a further
step to the general introduction of ID cards and the strengthening of
state control in the UK. By resisting the repression of migrants, we
defend the freedom of everyone!
 
_*+ Manchester +*_
 
Manchester NO2ID recently held a protest at Thales Information Systems'
Stockport office, highlighting the company's involvement in the UK
National Identity Scheme. The peaceful demonstration achieved some
recognition from local press.
 
Manchester NO2ID co-ordinator Dave Page appeared live on Channel M's
lunchtime news to discuss the rollout of ID cards for airside workers.
You can catch this clip at http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=R4-hEEmN0x8
 
For updates and discussion, join the Manchester NO2ID mailing list at
http://manchester.no2id.net/
 
*+ 25th November - Liverpool Immigration Centre Protest +*
Tuesday, 25th November, 12pm-1pm. Meet at Exchange Flags at 11pm, for a
demonstration between noon and 1pm at the Immigration Centre building on
Water Street. Supporters of Manchester NO2ID and Liverpool Defy-ID will
be protesting at the Immigration Services building in Liverpool on the
day ID cards are rolled out to non-EU students and spouses. If possible
please bring an A4 bit of card with an A4 barcode on it and string to
hang it round your neck. The protest may well be filmed for an upcoming
documentary as part of the GCSE syllabus.
 
*+ 13th December - Manchester NO2ID Street Stall +*
Saturday, 13th December, from 2pm in St. Anne's Square, Manchester.
We'll be running a Saturday afternoon stall in St. Ann's Square to raise
awareness among the public and engage people in discussion about the
National Identity Register. We'll meet in the square itself at 2pm to
set up shop; feel free to join us to lend a hand or just chat. You don't
need any experience or equipment, just a bit of time to spare and a
friendly smile!
 
_*+ Oxford +*_
 
*+ 21st November - NO2ID Oxford Student Event +*
Friday, 21st November from 7:30pm in Lecture Room B, Worcester College.
This will be a joint event with the Oxford Libertarian Society and
Oxford Students for Liberty, but will be open to all so feel free to
come along and join in the discussions.
 
*+ 29th November - Oxford NO2ID Street Stall +*
Saturday, 29th November on Cornmarket Street from 11am for a couple of
hours.
 
*+ 4th December - Oxford NO2ID Meeting +*
Thursday, 4th December, 8pm at the Mitre on the High Street, Oxford.
 
See the website for more: http://no2id-oxford.org.uk/
 
_*+ Reading +*_
 
*+ 22nd November - Reading NO2ID Street Stall +*
Saturday, 22nd November between 12pm and 3pm on Reading High Street.
Contact reading@no2id.net for more info.
 
_*+ Shrewsbury +*_
 
*+ 15th December - Shrewsbury NO2ID "dining club" (3rd Monday of the
month) +*
Monday, 15th December, 7.15pm until about 9pm - we will be meeting at
the Armoury, Victoria Quay, Victoria Avenue, Welsh Bridge, Shrewsbury
(see www.armoury-shrewsbury.co.uk). Look for a table with NO2ID leaflets
scattered around it. Most of us will be eating, or just come for a
drink. The St Austin's Street car park behind the Armoury is free of
charge after 8pm._**__**_
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+ "ID" in the news +
 
*+ Pilots blast ID proposal - Computer Weekly 19/11/08 +*
The British Airline Pilots' Association (BALPA), the airline pilot's
union, has opposed government plans to trial ID cards in the airline
industry. On Friday November 21, ministers are expected to publish draft
regulations to set up a trial requiring air side staff at Manchester and
London City airports to sign up for an ID card before they can get
security passes to work there.
http://www.computerweekly.com/Articles/2008/11/19/233459/pilots-blast-id-proposal.htm
 
*+ The fear of children - The Guardian website 19/11/08 +*
The government has a near complete contempt for children's rights and
privacy. How else are we to explain the access to be granted to a
million people to the children's database ContactPoint, which launches
in January, or the 1 million children now on the Police National DNA
database. Official figures show that more than 100,000 children had
their DNA taken when they were under 13, and profiles of the more than
half a million were added to the database when they were aged between 13
and 15. As Helen Wallace of GeneWatch UK said, "The massive expansion of
the DNA database treats hundreds of thousands of young people as
suspects for life."
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/henryporter/2008/nov/19/children-youngpeople
 
*+ First self-inflicted identity donor cards to ship in late 2009 - The
Register 18/11/08 +*
A "small number of citizens" will be issued ID cards in late 2009, says
the Home Office. These will be the throngs of people who can't wait for
ID cards discovered by Jacqui Smith earlier this month, when she said
she wanted to "find a way to allow those people who want a card sooner
to be able to pre-register their interest as early as the first few
months of next year." One trusts that Smith will be making sure that all
of the New Labour MPs who voted for the scheme will be putting their
names down for a personal (as if...) Identity Donor Card in Q1 2009.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/11/18/voluntary_idcard_rollout/
 
*+ Vetting blunders label 12,000 innocent people as paedophiles, violent
thugs and thieves - Daily Mail 13/11/08 +*
More than 12,200 innocent people have been branded criminals by bungling
police and Government officials, it has been revealed.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1085208/Vetting-blunders-label-12-000-innocent-people-paedophiles-violent-thugs-thieves.html
 
*+ Passport interviews 'total waste of money' - Daily Mail 12/11/08 +*
Face-to-face passport interviews were condemned as a 'total waste of
money' today after it emerged that they had still not uncovered any
bogus applicants
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1085021/Passport-interviews-total-waste-money.html
 
*+ Passport fees to jump by a third to more than £100 to pay for
fingerprinting - Telegraph 7/11/08 +*
The Home Secretary also revealed that the cost to taxpayers of new
identity cards will double from £30 to £60. The huge rises were
necessary to pay for taking facial readings and fingerprints for new
biometric passports and ID cards.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/3392283/Passport-fees-to-jump-by-a-third-to-more-than-100-to-pay-for-fingerprinting.html
 
*+ People 'can't wait for ID cards' - BBC News online 7/11/08 +*
Jacqui Smith says public demand means people will be able to
pre-register for an ID card within the next few months. The cards will
be available for all from 2012 but she said: "I regularly have people
coming up to me and saying they don't want to wait that long."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7712275.stm
 
*+ Passport and ID card price hike laundered via private sector - The
Register 7/11/08 +*
Biometric enrollment fees for passports and ID cards will cost
applicants £20-£40 on top of the basic price, estimates released by the
Home Office revealed yesterday. In a prospectus soliciting private
sector partners for enrollment, the Identity & Passport Service said
that the total market for these services is worth "between £120 million
and £280 million per year."
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/11/07/ips_fo_prospectus/
 
*+ Jacqui Smith prints seized by NO2ID in daring dabs grab - The
Register 6/11/08 +*
The Home Secretary's fingerprints are missing, and being held by NO2ID
at an undisclosed location. Earlier today, NO2ID General Secretary Guy
Herbert told The Register, a water glass thought to have Jacqui Smith's
fingerprints on it was 'borrowed' from a Social Market Foundation event
where Smith was speaking.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/11/06/smith_dabs_grab/
 
(Please send me any items of interest you encounter -
Editor(newsletter@no2id.net) )

 

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