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NO2ID Newsletter No 156
« on: August 28, 2010, 09:28:13 am »
++ NO2ID Supporters' Newsletter No. 156 - 26th August 2010 ++


As we move into party conference season, it is time for NO2ID to see who in politics has really grasped our message - and to look forward. Have the Coalition's fine words about rolling back the database state been fulfilled as action? Will the new Labour leader move the party from its authoritarian stance against personal privacy?

Though ContactPoint has now been switched off and the data is being securely deleted, ID cards are not yet dead. There are some encouraging signs - for example, the government has just announced it is scrapping the database being developed by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) that was originally intended to be the 'biographical' component of the National Identity
Register. But the Bill to abolish the ID scheme has not yet passed, despite the Coalition's undertaking to get rid of ID cards in its first 100 days.

NO2ID is less worried about an arbitrary deadline than doing the job properly. In its current form the Identity Documents Bill has serious flaws, including the creation of a 'shadow register' in a new legal category of "personal information". Your representatives (perhaps party colleagues) should not be allowed to gloss over this. We look to the government to address these problems at Report stage and Third Reading in the Commons on 15th September.

Meanwhile, the Coalition has broken its promise to put patients in control of their health records. Hundreds of thousands of people are still having medical details uploaded to the Summary Care Record (SCR) system each month without their consent. The SCR does not deliver its claimed benefits. Over 80% of patients simply don't know they have a choice to make. But ministers are ignoring the Coalition agreement and pursuing a process that the BMA has said should be stopped.

The Coalition's actions, even at this early stage, are not consistent with its commitments. That ought to be a political liability for the government parties.

If you are attending any of the party conferences, please do get in touch with Phil Booth via e-mail on Phil will let you know what NO2ID is doing at each conference, and may be able to meet with NO2ID supporters in each conference venue.

*+ NO2ID Email Problems +*
Apologies to anyone trying to e-mail us in the last week or so and who experienced problems. We've been trying to reduce the amount of spam or junk mail we receive and this had an unexpected knock-on effect of significantly delaying mail. If you did send an e-mail to the campaign between 16-25th August and haven't received a response, please could you send your message again.  - Adam, for the Systems Team
What just happened?

+ Cabinet Office misprint or shape of things to come? +
Hidden away in the Cabinet Office 'Draft Structural Reform Plan', page 5, Action 3.4(i) is a very strange action item that reads: "Support Department for Education and Home Office in decommissioning / reshaping Contact Point and ID Cards". This reference in the reform plan was not lost on David Moss (IT professional and author of 'Dematerialised ID' - an alternative proposal to ID cards ( Moss submitted written evidence to the Identity Documents Bill Public Committee as it scrutinised the bill. Moss pointed out that: "If the Identity Documents Bill were properly drafted" the effect on the previous government's transformational government strategy "would be calamitous". But he warns that the impact assessment of the Bill "suggests that the effect is only mild" and he goes on: "the fact that the Cabinet Office is already talking about reshaping ID cards rather than devising a new strategy that doesn't rely on ID cards" – underlines the weakness of the bill as drafted. The bill passed through committee
stage with no amendments. Transformational Government was part of the previous government's grand vision for the wholesale abolition of privacy.  Read the reform plan at 
Read Moss's submission at

+ ContactPoint gone but Scotland still has GIRFEC +
ContactPoint may have gone but in Scotland they still have the 'Getting It Right For Every Child' (GIRFEC) programme. GIRFEC, like ContactPoint, is about the collection and sharing of data about children and beyond, for instance some of the data collected for GIRFEC Child Health records include: 'Child and Family Details', 'Chronology of Significant Events', 'Immunisation Status', 'Changes to Child & Family Details', 'Mother's
Chronology of Significant Events', 'Family Member Health Care Plan Evaluation Form', 'Extraordinary Information'. Clearly there is more work still to be done to expose and roll back the database state. See

+ DNA survey and loaded questions +
We have been contacted by supporters who have completed the ongoing Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) DNA Database Survey. One supporter points out that some questions were far too black and white such as 'Would you give your DNA voluntarily to help solve a crime?' answer, yes or no. No option for anything in between such as it being dependent on no retention of the DNA. The supporter concludes: "Too many
questionnaires are worked out to prevent people giving answers not required by those setting the questionnaire I think". The survey is online until 31st August at
What's next?

++ *Notice of Annual General Meeting* ++
*+ 23rd October - NO2ID Annual General Meeting +*
The NO2ID Annual General Meeting 2010 will take place on Saturday 23rd October 2010, at 12 noon at 55 Tufton Street, LONDON SW1P 3QL (these are the premises that now house NO2ID's administrative offices.) All paid up members of the Association and full affiliates are entitled to attend and vote. This notice is being sent to all members and previous members for whom we have a current address. For the purpose of the meeting the membership roll will be taken at midday on Friday 8th October 2010, so if your membership/affiliation has lapsed or will lapse by the date of the AGM, please renew before that date (early renewals will be counted as extensions of your present membership). Written nominations for the Advisory Board, the governing body of the Association, should be proposed and seconded by members in good standing and sent to The Secretary, NO2ID , Box 412, 19/21 Crawford Street LONDON W1H 1PJ to arrive before close of business on Friday 8th October 2010. In order that the business of the meeting may be better conducted we would appreciate it if any motions for consideration of the meeting were presented in writing in advance of the meeting, but there is no
obligation so to do.

*+ Before 31st August - Take part in Metropolitan Police Authority DNA Database Survey +*
The Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) want to know your views on the National DNA Database and the use of DNA in policing. The survey closes on Tuesday 31 August 2010. The review will be published on the MPA website once completed. You can complete the questionnaire online or by calling 020 7202 0233 to request a paper copy (with freepost envelope) or telephone questionnaire.
To take part visit

*+ 11th September - Open Tech 2010 sponsored by +*
Saturday 11th September - ULU, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY. 40 talks across 3 tracks over 7 hours, on crowds, earthquakes and battlefronts, which hope to challenge, inspire or talk about something that makes you want to get involved. OpenTech 2010 includes earthquakes of the metaphorical and physical kind, ForTheWin, enlightenment and the environment, and with plenty of time to talk in the bar after sessions which challenge, inspire or talk about something that makes you want to help how you can. The last two times we have sold out in advance, so you are strongly advised to pre-register. Tickets only £5, students Free Entry. See

*+ Date TBC - Identity Documents Bill 3rd Reading +*
The Identity Documents Bill has now completed its Committee Stage and will next have its Report Stage and 3rd Reading in the House of Commons before moving on to the House of Lords. Follow the bill's progress at
"ID" in the news

*+ More than 200 public sector staff caught snooping on citizen records - Computer Weekly 25/8/10 +*
The number of public sector workers caught snooping on personal records in the government's largest citizen database continues to grow, with the total now 225 - and the true figure could be higher still.

*+ New passport design unveiled - Yahoo News 25/8/10 +*
The Home Office has revealed details of the new UK passport including enhanced security features and images of popular UK tourist attractions.
*+ Home Office unveils new UK passport - The Register 25/8/10 +*
The Home Office has said that new UK passports with 'strengthened security features' will be issued from October. To make the passports more secure, the chip which stores the holder's details has been moved to the inside of the passport cover so it will no longer be visible, the Home Office said.
*+ Human Recognition Systems to partner with Thales in Home Office programme - RealWire 25/8/10 +*
Human Recognition Systems to partner with Thales in a Home Office programme to find the airport security technology of the future
*+ ID cards not 'history within 100 days' - Public Service 24/8/10 +*
ID card scrapping is late, but campaigners hope this is a sign of 'a proper job' from the government. On coming to power Home Secretary Theresa May said that the abolition of ID cards was a priority.
*+ Citizen data sharing system abandoned - Computing 23/8/10 +*
The government has decided not to go ahead with long-standing plans to create a database containing the personal records of every UK citizen.
*+ Minister hints that libel reform will create privacy law – The Register 18/8/10 +*
A justice minister has said that there is "consensus" that a privacy law is needed, though he stopped short of committing the government to introducing one. A fellow senior Liberal Democrat said Parliament needed to "get hold" of privacy law
(Please send me any items of interest you encounter - Editor( )

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Or, if you're interested in starting a group yourself, please contact James on to discuss what's involved and what we have in place to support coordinators and their groups.

_*+ Brighton + *_
*+16th September - Brighton Screening of Erasing David+*
On Thursday 16th September, 7.30pm at The Caroline Of Brunswick pub (Upstairs), 39 Ditchling Road, Brighton - Brighton NO2ID is hosting a screening of Erasing David - a documentary that 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 agency, embarks on a journey to discover just how much information is held about him by government and private companies. We are pleased to announce that the film-maker David Bond and the producer Ashley Jones will be joined by Phil Booth, National co-ordinator for NO2ID at this event to discuss both making the film and the continued fight to protect people from the Database State. There will be a suggested donation for entry, please contact for further information and to enquire about booking a limited seat.

_*+ Cambridge +*_
The Cambridge group is planning a celebration when the bill abolishing the ID Cards scheme is actually passed. This now seems likely to be in October or November. Watch this space for details ...

_*+ Camden & Islington +*_
*+ 7th September -- Camden & Islington (1st Tuesday of month) - 8.00pm +*
At The Kings Head (probably in the beer garden at the back), 59 Essex Rd, Islington. All welcome.  For more info email or join the mailing list at:
_*+ Dorking +*_
*+ 5th September - Dorking NO2ID Celebration Party - NEW DATE+*
Our celebration to mark the end of ID Cards will now be on 5th September at Keepers Cottage, Wellhouse Lane, Betchworth RH3 7HH, from 1.30pm.  If you would like to help or get involved with the Dorking group, contact Geoff Cox ( or 01306 631377).
_*+ Edinburgh +
**+ Saturdays 1pm - 3pm - Edinburgh **NO2ID** 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
_*+ Manchester +*_
Augusts's street stall and meeting were cancelled but things should be back to normal in September. For information on Manchester NO2ID see or
contact Dave Page on <> or
07722 615 398.
**_*+ Norwich +*_
If you are interested in the work of the Norwich group, please join their mailing list on:**_


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