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NO2ID Newsletter No 136
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++ NO2ID Supporters' Newsletter No. 136 - 19th November 2009 ++

The Queen's Speech on Wednesday 18th November began the final session of Parliament before the next general election. With at most 70 days of Parliamentary time available, it's more important than ever that every Bill receives proper scrutiny. The government will be in a hurry to rush things through.
Remember Clause 152? An obscure section buried deep in the Coroners and Justice Bill that would have overturned Data Protection, destroyed privacy and permitted the building of the database state by ministerial fiat. Thanks to your extraordinary efforts and opposition mobilized across the spectrum, we were able to get the government to withdraw the Clause earlier this year. But the Ministry of Justice clearly wants to bring it back - tweaked and polished, no doubt... but just as dangerous.
Who knows what will be buried in the small print of the sixteen Bills announced yesterday? Or in other draft Bills - or in the thousands of regulations that get passed each year? We *must* remain vigilant.
The Crime and Security Bill is already a bit of a Home Office 'christmas tree' containing, amongst other things, the government's latest proposals to keep the DNA profiles of innocent people for 6 years – as if everyone accused of anything must be guilty of something, even if the crime never happened at all.
The Digital Economy Bill is also one to watch. Having outraged people with its plans to snoop on our phone, e-mail and internet traffic and having backed down from introducing a Digital Communications Bill the government may be attempting to take a more 'commercial' tack, in the hope it can achieve some of the same goals.
We need to keep a close eye on the contents of other Bills too. And with your help, we can continue to raise the alarm where necessary and take action.
If you regularly pay a sum to NO2ID by standing order (PayPal included) but have never received a member welcome pack please let us know. It can be hard to identify payments with a particular supporter if they come from an unknown email address, or identified by the bank only with a cryptic number. Anyone who donates £2 a month or more (£20 a year in total) is eligible for membership, which entitles you to attend the AGM (see last newsletter for details). Please contact Stephanie at if you think you should be a member but are not certain. (If you got a paper notice of the AGM, that means we believe you are.)
Giving by standing order is painless and helps us budget better. If you would like to start a standing order to NO2ID you can print out a membership form from our website, or request one from our office. There is no obligation to become a member in order to give this way.
What just happened?
+ Government releases DNA database consultation findings +
The government has published a summary of responses to their recent DNA retention consultation. The consultation was titled 'Keeping the right people on the DNA database' - despite the fact that it was made necessary following a court decision that ruled retaining samples of innocent citizens in the way the government had done "cannot be regarded as necessary in a democratic society". On the issue of retention of samples of those arrested but not convicted or no further action was taken against them, the document reveals: "This topic generated most responses with the significant majority opposed to any form of retention of profiles and fingerprints for persons arrested and against no further action was taken or acquitted. Most of those opposed to any form of
retention considered that the 'state' should not hold personal information on an individual when they are innocent in the eyes of the law." The government has responded to this with the Crime and Security Bill which contains their latest proposals to keep the DNA profiles of innocent people for 6 years!
+ Is it a passport? NO! +
Much of the local media coverage surrounding the Manchester ID card "launch" has repeated the misinformation put out by the Association of British Travel Agents, namely that an ID card is a cheap and convenient alternative to a passport. As we pointed out in the last newsletter nothing could be further from the truth as ID card guinea pigs will go
on a database for life, be subject to unlimited future changes in regulation and have their personal details passed around government for official convenience (not cheap or easy at any price). But in Manchester the lie is exposed further because in order to apply for an ID card you need to have "held a valid UK passport on 1st January 2009". In other
words you need to have bought an expensive and inconvenient passport in order to get an ID card!  For more about the ID card con see
+ 'Erasing David' premières in Sheffield +
Sheffield NO2ID attended the premiere of 'Erasing David', a new documentary by director David Bond, at the Doc/Fest film festival. The film follows the life of film-maker David Bond, who upon receiving a letter from HMRC informing him that his daughter's details were amongst the 25 million lost by the child benefit office, embarks on a journey to discover just how much information is held about him by government and private companies. David soon discovers some alarming truths about what the government and private companies already know about ordinary citizens. He meets people who have been caught in the crossfire of the database state and have had their lives shattered. James Elsdon-Baker, NO2ID's North of England co-ordinator said: "This film is important as
it gives us a window through which we can reflect upon the type of society we are creating. Sadly things are going to get a lot worse if the National Identity Scheme is allowed to continue. Even more data will be collected and then shared around Whitehall."
*+ Get in touch if you're a public panel applicant +*
Have you applied to join one of the Identity and Passport Service public panels (see What's Next below for more details)? If you applied (and sent the forms in on time) then please get in touch and let us know how you got on. Drop us an email at
What's next?
*+ 15th December - Come and celebrate Christmas with NO2ID! +*
Tuesday 15th December from 6pm 'til late at The Chapel Bar, 29a Penton Street, London, N1 9PX. We'll have the exclusive use of the top bar and heated terrace area (see, for full details) for the whole evening. There will be music, a fully stocked bar and maybe even a bit of food. The closest tube station is Angel, on the Northern Line, one stop south of King's Cross. There's plenty of room so if you'd like to bring a guest or few please do, though please note that as the party will be held in a bar, under 18s will not be admitted. For further information please contact Stephanie at
+ 6th December - NO2ID Annual General Meeting of NO2ID (the Association) +*
The AGM is open to all members and will take place on SUNDAY, 6th December 2009 starting promptly at 3:30pm, at St Gabriel's Halls Boys' Club, Glasgow Terrace, Churchill Gardens, Pimlico, LONDON SW1V 3AA. For those who have attended previous AGMs, this is a different hall and entrance though the same building. Because of current postal delays, nominations to the Advisory Board will be accepted by email (to -- with the subject line "nomination" and contact details of proposers and seconders), or hand delivered or sent by prepaid post to: NO2ID, Box No 412, 19 - 21 Crawford Street, London W1H 1PJ. Formal notice has been sent out by post to all paid-up members. If you don't receive your notice and you think you are a member, please contact the office. There are several people paying money by direct bank transfers whom we have been unable to identify.
*+ Reckless misuse of personal data consultation +*
The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation 'Knowing or reckless misuse of personal data - introducing custodial sentences' described as a consultation on "exercising the power to provide for custodial sanctions for those found guilty of knowingly or recklessly obtaining, disclosing, selling or procuring the disclosure of personal data without the consent of the data controller". The consultation closes on 7th January 2010.
Full details and how to respond at
*+ 23rd November - Scotland: Government consultation on Draft Principles for Privacy Protection DEADLINE +*
See Edinburgh or Glasgow local groups below for more details.
** *+ POWER2010 campaign wants your ideas +*
NO2ID supporters are invited to contribute ideas for the POWER2010 campaign, which will set out a reforming agenda at the next general election. Naturally NO2ID would like ideas about curtailing the database state to feature, but you are certainly not limited to that. You can contribute ANY ideas for governmental reform on the campaign's website at: ( The ideas with most support will become the POWER2010 Pledge, which the campaign intends to invite every candidate standing at the next general election to make the pledge into their own public commitment, so that the new parliament will be fully aware of what the public thinks of those building-blocks of government which are fundamental but seldom covered by manifestos.
*+ Have your say - National Identity Service Public Panels +*
The UK Identity and Passport Service (UKIPS) is setting up public panels around the country to get the views of members of the public as they build the "National Identity Service". Public panels will be made up of 11 members, and will meet for half a day up to three times a year. The aim is to "produce an Identity Rights Charter. This will set out the rights and responsibilities people, businesses and the Government have under the NIS". To join a panel you can fill in the online form at or call 020 3356 8174. More details at
 "ID" in the news
*+ ID cards to go on sale for the first time in Manchester - The Times17/11/09 +*
Ministers announced that ID cards will be on sale in Manchester in two weeks' time --- as official figures revealed the high cost of their development.
*+ hoovers up data on five-year-olds - The Register 17/11/09 +*
The government obsession with collecting data has now extended to five-year-olds, as local Community Health Services get ready to arm-twist parents into revealing the most intimate details of their own and their child's personal, behavioural and eating habits.
*+ Liverpool date for voluntary ID cards sparks campaigners' anger - Liverpool Daily Post 17/11/09 +*
Yesterday, the Government launched the voluntary pilot for the scheme in Greater Manchester, but has now announced a New Year start across the rest of the North-West. It says they will be a cheaper alternative to passports and those who want one can carry a card or a passport, both or neither.
*+ Mancunians finally get to open bank accounts, go to Europe – The Register 16/11/09
Lucky Mancunians will finally be able to get their hands on the gov's shiny ID cards as of two weeks today. Truly a whole new world has opened up for Mancunians who to date have struggled to open bank accounts (The Co-op Bank?), go to Europe (Manchester Airport) or visit nightclubs (The Twisted Wheel, Wigan Casino, The Rovers Return, The Hacienda, etc, etc)
*+ ICO could fine trusts up to £500k - e-Health Insider 13/11/09 +*
The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation into whether the Information Commissioner's Office should be able to penalize organisations that make serious data breaches with fines of up to £500,000. According to the ICO, NHS hospitals holding private medical records were among the worst offenders.
*+ Employers can ask to see migrants' ID cards - Pay Magazine 11/11/09 +*
Under a new Order that comes into force later this month, the government is adding ID Cards to the list of documents that an employer may check when verifying a potential recruit's right to work in the UK.;jsessionid=D0F80423636EE8AB19C36253F3C903F4.DF885472DE931328D8?articleType=NEWS&articleId=329363
(Please send me any items of interest you encounter - Editor( )
To see if there's a group in your area check our list at
Or, if you're interested in starting a group yourself, please contact Matty on to discuss what's involved and what we have in place to support coordinators and their groups.
_*+ Birmingham +*_*
 **+ 25th November - Birmingham NO2ID Meeting +
*Wednesday 25th November, 7:30pm at Bennetts Bar, 8 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham B2 5RS.
_*+ Bradford +*_
 *+ 21st November - Bradford NO2ID at Bradford Peace Fair 2009 +*
Saturday 21st November, from 10am-4pm - Bradford NO2ID will be having a campaign stall at the Bradford Peace Fair at The Victoria Hall, Saltaire, Shipley. Please spread the word. Any help on the stall would be very welcome - please contact Jason Smith at or on 07931 495421.
_*+ Cambridge +*_
 *+ 5th December - Cambridge NO2ID Street Stall +*
Saturday 5th December, in the usual spot outside Cambridge Guildhall
( from 2pm. Please contact Andrew on 07710 469624 if you'd like to help.
_**__*+ Canterbury +*_
 To stay up to date join the Canterbury NO2ID mailing list on:
_*+ Cheltenham +*_*
* 26th November - Cheltenham NO2ID Monthly Meeting (last Thursday of month) +*
Thursday 26th November, 7:30pm - regular 'last-Thursday-of-the-month' meeting at The Swan public house, adjacent St James' Street. All welcome. Phone Charles on 01242 524206 with any queries or for car sharing.
_*+ Dover +*_*
 + 27th November - Open-Mike Gig Night* +
Friday 27th November, from around 8pm, we will be attending a gig night at an open-mike evening at The Living Room in central Folkestone (situated by roundabout at eastern end of The Leas). We'll be manning an indoor "stall" to distribute leaflets and hopefully get a few people signed-up. Contact Ian Taylor if you can help out, please.
To stay up to date with Dover NO2ID join our mailing list on:
_**__*+ Edinburgh +
23rd November - Scotland: Government consultation on Draft Principles for Privacy Protection DEADLINE +*
Monday 23rd November is the deadline for responses to the Scottish Government's consultation on privacy. The consultation paper is available online:
*+ 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 +*_
 If anyone wants to get involved in the Epsom area, please email or phone NO2ID South East Regional Coordinator Geoff Cox on or call 01306 631377.
_*+ Exeter +*_
If you would like to join the Exeter group, please email and say hello! Do also join the Exeter group mailing list at

_*+ Glasgow +*_
*+ 23rd November - Scotland: Government consultation on Draft Principles for Privacy Protection DEADLINE +*
Monday 23rd November is the deadline for responses to the Scottish Government's consultation on privacy. The consultation paper is available online:
*+ 1st December - Glasgow NO2ID Monthly Meeting +*
Tuesday 1st December, 8pm at Mono. All welcome.
*+ 8th December - Seminar: Databases, surveillance and crime control +*
Tuesday 8th December, from 10am-4pm - the Institute for Advanced Studies and Scottish Institute for Policing Research is holding a seminar which will critically examine the use of DNA, financial records and passenger information in the fight against crime and in the European war on terrorism. Details (and booking form) are available on the SIPR site -
( The seminar will take place at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Places are free, but there are only a limited number available and booking is required.
_*+ Great Missenden +*_*
 + 20th November - Great Missenden NO2ID showing of "Taking Liberties" +*
Friday 20th November, 8pm at The Environment Centre, Bassetbury Lane, High Wycombe HP11 1QX, there will be a showing of 'Taking Liberties' on behalf of Great Missenden NO2ID. Admission is free but donations to NO2ID are welcome.
_*+ Hackney +*_
 *+ 26th November - Hackney NO2ID Film Night +*
Thursday 26th November from 8pm - Hackney NO2ID film night @ 9 Milton House Mansions, Shacklewell Lane, E8 2EH. We will be showing: "Battle of ideas, Whose data is it anyway? Medical databases, privacy and trust" (includes speaker Prof Ross Anderson, author of the report The Database State)
_*+ Hammersmith & Fulham +*_
 *+ 28th November - Hammersmith & Fulham NO2ID Magic Street Stall +*
Saturday 28th November, between approx 11am and 1pm - we are pleased to confirm our next street stall. Russell Levinson, who organised the 'Magicians Against ID' benefit in July, will be demonstrating his skills. NO2ID will be taking advantage of the publicity with petitions and leaflets. Weather permitting, we'll be out in Hammersmith - either
outside Edward's bar on the Broadway (facing the stations), or two minutes up King Street, outside Kings Mall shopping centre. You can't miss us, but if there are enquiries on the day, please ring 07976-414913.
Support welcomed from any NO2ID members in London. More information on, or from Brian, or
_*+ Hebden Bridge +*_*
 + 29th November - Hebden Bridge NO2ID Street Stall +
*Sunday 29th November, 11am-1pm in St George's Square. Email to lend a hand.
_*+ Hull and East Riding +*_
 *+ 3rd December - Hull and East Riding NO2ID Meeting +*
Thursday 3rd December, 7:30pm at Ye Olde White Hart pub in Hull. For more information contact Tim Alderslade on 0785 5337616.
_*+ Ipswich +*_*
If you are interested in the work of the Ipswich group, please join their mailing list on:
_*+ Kensington and Chelsea +*_
 *Last remaining NO2ID Mugs*
Kensington and Chelsea NO2ID have a few NO2ID mugs left. If anyone would like to buy one at the AGM would they let Jill Manasseh know at by 5th December.
_*+ Lancaster +*_
 Subscribe to the Lancaster NO2ID e-mail list at
_*+ Leeds +*_
*+ 19th December - Leeds NO2ID Meeting +*
Saturday 19th December, the sound of sleigh bells will descend on Leeds as Santa pays a visit to the city centre. But what's this he's giving out? Lost data sticks and CDs! The recession has been hitting the elves hard, but thanks to the government there is a ready supply of personal data they can give out to all those on the 'list'. Santa may need some
refreshment after this, and as dusk falls we will be heading off to Mr Foley's Cask Ale House (159 The Headrow Leeds LS1 5RG). We warmly invite all our supporters from across the region to join us for the festivities. Email if you would like to lend a hand (or arrange to meet us in the bar).
_*+ Liverpool +*_
 *+ 5th December - Liverpool NO2ID Launch Meeting +*
Saturday 5th December at 11:30 am in the Tuebrook Hope Centre (Rear St John's Church, 1B Snaefell Avenue, Liverpool, L13 7HA). With news that people in Merseyside might have ID cards arriving in the New Year we are pleased to announce that Liverpool NO2ID will be having a launch meeting as part of the Don't be a Guinea Pig campaign. The meeting will be followed straight after by a street stall near Tuebrook Market. Further details - James Elsdon-Baker ( If you are interested in the work of this group, or planning on attending the meeting, please join the Liverpool mailing group here:
_*+ Manchester +*_
 *+ 30th November - Manchester NO2ID Lunchtime Demonstration +*
Monday 30th November, 1pm-1:30pm at Westminster House on Portland Street (opposite Piccadilly Gardens tram stop). From 30th November, those who've fallen for The Identity and Passport Service spin will be able to apply for a lifetime of the Database State. Manchester NO2ID will be waving our ID Card Con campaign banners to reinforce the message "Don't be a Guinea Pig! Stop the ID Card Con!" and flyering the public to let
them know the truth about the Database State. Do come along for 1pm even if you can't stay - this is an important point in the story of the Database State and it's vital that we put a good show of opposition. Facebook:
*+ 12th December - Manchester NO2ID Street Stall +*
Saturday 12th December, 2pm-4pm, St. Ann's Square in Manchester City Centre (down near the big Marks and Spencer). Many people have fallen for Home Office spin that the National Identity Scheme has been cancelled, that it isn't a threat or is voluntary. It's more important than ever to get the word out about the Database State. Manchester NO2ID
will be running a public information stall to raise awareness about the ID Card Con. 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! This will be our first stall after the UKIPS office opens at Westminster House, and the last stall before Christmas. We're sure to have a busy time with the Christmas Market in town - so a big turnout will definitely be welcome! Facebook:
*+ 16th December - Manchester NO2ID Christmas Social +*
Wednesday 16th December, 7pm-10pm, central Manchester venue tbc. No agendas, no minutes, just anti-ID card campaigners meeting up for a drink and a chat - a good way to get to know others who share your interest in the National Identity Scheme, and always great fun in the past. Any venue preferences or suggestions, feel free to contact us. If
enough people are interested, we'll look at going for a meal - the last NO2ID meal after the ID Card Con day of action was fantastic! Facebook:
**_*+ Norwich +*_
+ 28th November - Lenny Bruce Night +
*Saturday 28th November, doors open 8:30pm at The Crypt at Take 5, Tombland. Norwich's first satirical nightclub The Cutting Room has teamed up with the good folk at Norwich NO2ID and Oxjam to produce a fundraiser with a difference - an attempt to recreate a jazz club of the 1950s and '60s in homage to the late lamented legend of satire Lenny Bruce. Doors Open 8.30pm, finish at 1am, £5 on the door. Please come down for what promises to be one of the unmissable events of 2009. Link to Facebook Event here:*
**+ 12th December - Norwich NO2ID Street Stall +*
Saturday 12th December, 1-3pm at The Haymarket, Gentleman's Walk. Meet the public and spread the word! It's only a couple of hours a month and is a very productive way of telling people how much the ID card scheme is a complete waste of money and gross invasion of privacy!
*+ 15th December - Norwich NO2ID Meeting +*
Tuesday 15th December, 7:30-9pm, Norwich NO2ID will be meeting at The Workshop Cafe (opposite The Black Horse), 53 Earlham Road, NR2 3AD. Come along to air your views and get involved in positive action to stop the database state.
If you are interested in the work of the Norwich group, please join their mailing list on:
_*+ Oxford +*_
 *+ 28th November - Oxford NO2ID Monthly Street Stall +*
Saturday 28th November - we'll be setting up our monthly stall in Cornmarket Street. Meet up by St Michaels Tower from 11am for a couple of hours. Come along and lend a hand!
*+ 3rd December - Oxford NO2ID Monthly Meeting +*
Thursday 3rd December, 8pm at The Mitre, High Street, Oxford. Our regular monthly meeting for a chat and to plan further events. Since this is the last one of the year we'll look back at what we did in 2009, which included a public meeting, a trip to Manchester, a film showing and helping out at a comedy gig.
See the website for more:
_*+ Reading +*_*
Contact Reading NO2ID on or join our web group at*

_*+ Sheffield +*_
*+ 25th November - Sheffield NO2ID Monthly Meeting +*
Wednesday 25th November, 7:30pm at the Harlequin pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG ( Everybody is welcome. If you would like to get involved in the campaign or want to find out more about the issues then please come along. The meeting room is upstairs but we usually congregate in the bar shortly beforehand. Please ask the bar staff if you can't find us.
_*+ Watford +*_*
*+ 5th December - Watford NO2ID Street Stall in St Albans +
Please contact Colin Simmons on if you are interested in giving a couple of hours a month to join us.
_*+ York +*_*
 New Co-ordinator for York NO2ID
*York NO2ID has a new co-ordinator - Ross Bennett. All are welcome to our re-launch meeting and stall in the new year.
*+ 9th January - York NO2ID Meeting and Street Stall +*
Saturday 9th January from 12:30pm at the Golden Fleece, 16 Pavement, York YO1 9UP. This meeting will be to plan events for the busy new year ahead of us. Afterwards we will be heading out into the city centre to hold a street stall for a couple of hours.


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