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NO2ID Newsletter No 163
« on: December 10, 2010, 10:35:31 am »
++ NO2ID Supporters' Newsletter No. 163 - 2nd December 2010 ++

As the repeal of the Identity Cards Act and destruction of the National Identity Register draws closer, NO2ID's battle against the ID scheme was recognised at Liberty's Human Rights Awards 2010.
Home Secretary Theresa May presented NO2ID National Coordinator Phil Booth with Liberty's 'Long Walk' Award, "for their tireless campaign to publicise the threat to liberty and personal privacy posed by the introduction of ID cards -- central to bringing about a Bill to repeal the Identity Cards Act and to scrap ID cards and the National Identity Register."
(Full list of award winners and short-listed candidates here:
In accepting the award on behalf of the campaign, Phil acknowledged the fantastic efforts of NO2ID's volunteers and supporters -- and the battles we are still fighting against the database state.
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported the campaign over the past six years and more. It has certainly been a 'Long Walk' but by working together we have shown that key elements of the database state *can* be stopped. NO2ID is everyone who has taken action, volunteered, run or joined a local group, donated or become a member and we should all feel justifiably proud of what we have achieved
so far.
*+ Spare us a quid, please +*
Do you donate to NO2ID by standing order? Could you spare an extra pound?
Though we are probably the most cost-effective of any campaign groups, running NO2ID still costs money and we rely upon your donations to keep campaigning. The great majority of our income is from those giving regularly by standing order. But just one pound could make all the difference.
If everybody who subscribes to this free email were to donate £1, once only, that sum would bear the cost of our office (if not the staff) for a whole year. If everyone reading this gave £1 a month ... It would give a secure base to take the whole campaign to a new level. The effect would be radical.
If you do not donate to NO2ID and would like to help us, please download our membership/donation form from, fill it in and send it back to us, we'll do the rest. (Or you can just take the bank details from it and instruct your bank directly.) Giving just £2 a month entitles you to become a member, although many give more, and there is no obligation to join; you can simply tick the 'donate only' box. All gifts are private, of course. We are not a political party or charity and do not have to identify donors.
What just happened?
+ Identity Documents Bill - House of Lords 3rd Reading +
Last Wednesday (24th November) the Identity Documents Bill (the bill to repeal the Identity Cards Act 2006) passed its 3rd Reading in the House of Lords. The proceedings took just two minutes and consisted of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath asking Home Office Minister Baroness Neville-Jones whether the government would honour the Lords one and only amendment to the bill (that ID card holders should get a refund). Jones answered: "My Lords, I believe that this is a matter for the House of Commons." And with that the bill will now be sent back to the House of Commons for MPs to consider the single amendment, for what it's worth. Read the transcript at
+ Thanks to PledgeBank Donors +
Thanks also to those who have made a donation in response to our PledgeBank notice (newsletter 161). If you would like to help our continuing campaign then please do send a donation to NO2ID PLEDGEBANK, Box 412, 19-21 Crawford Street, London W1H 1PJ or become a member online:
+ Heard about the RIPA consultation? Thought not +
Policy makers in the UK have for some time it seems seen consultations as a box ticking formality rather than a serious consideration of the views of the people. The Home Office has come under fire from NO2ID, the Open Rights Group (ORG), Privacy International, ARCHRights, Justice and Genewatch for only allowing a month for a consultation on changes to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act. The consultation was launched in early November and was due to end 7th December, despite the fact that the Government's Code of Practice on Consultation states that: "Consultations should normally last for at least 12 weeks with consideration given to longer timescales where feasible and sensible."  In addition the email address given in the consultation document contains a rogue letter x that meant emailed responses bounced. A short statement on the Home Office website says: "We would like to apologise for the difficulties that respondents may have encountered in attempting to send correspondence to us by email. Consequently, we have decided to extend the consultation to 17 December, which will give interested parties an additional 10 days to respond". The consultation now closes on 17th December.  Responses by email to ( [rogue letter x removed so this *should* work...]. Responses by post to: Lucy Watts, Home Office, 5th Floor Peel Building, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DE.
For more information on the consultation see;topic=3314.0
+ Big Brother Watch Book +
Big Brother Watch has released a new book entitled 'Big Brother Watch: The state of civil liberties in Britain'. The book includes chapters from Terri Dowty of Action on Rights for Children, Simon Davies of Privacy International and NO2ID's Guy Herbert. Guy's chapter is subtitled "the silent boom in mass-surveillance" and discusses the National Fraud Initiative and e-Borders. Guy writes: "When were you last a criminal suspect? Most people might indignantly say, "Never!" But if you are a UK resident (or tourist) it would be when you last took a plane, ferry or Eurostar. Unless that is, if you have ever worked for local government as an employee or a contractor, are a council tenant , council-tax payer, or voter. Then it could be more recent. ..."  Get the book at:
What's next?
*+Follow the latest news on twitter+*
You can keep up to date with national and local groups news via our @NO2ID twitter feed which is being updated with comments, links, and notification of events and stories.
+ Poster Competition +*
Thanks to everyone who has already requested a pack to enter our posters competition. There is still time before Christmas to come up with a design! Please contact James Baker on or 07817605162 to request a design brief pack which contains details on how to enter.
*+ Date TBC - Identity Documents Bill - House of Commons consideration of amendment +*
The Identity Documents Bill has now completed its passage through the House of Lords and will next move back to the House of Commons where MPs will consider the single amendment made in the Lords. Follow the bill's progress at
"ID" in the news
*+ NAO launches NPfIT investigation - eHealth Insdier 1/12/10 +*
The National Audit Office has confirmed that it will launch an investigation into the value of the National Programme for IT in the NHS, focusing specifically on the £546m contract that was awarded to BT last year.
*+ NHS Choices allowing Facebook tracking - eHealth Insider 25/11/10 +*
The DH has come under fire for including code on NHS Choices that allow Facebook and Google to track visits and conditions searched for without first informing the user.
*+ First Data Protection Act fines issued by commissioner - BBC News 24/11/10 +*
A county council that faxed details of a child sex abuse case to a member of the public is to be fined £100,000 for breaching the Data Protection Act.
*+ Six STORK pilots launched to provide electronic identity interoperability across Europe - 17/11/10 +*
On 25 October 2010, the Secure idenTity acrOss boRders linKed (STORK) project officially announced the launch of six pilot schemes offering secure electronic identity (eID) cross-border services of different types. These pilots will gradually be enhanced in order to prove and test the integration of the underlying STORK interoperability platform
into existing real live portal services.
*+ Cabinet Office demands silence over government IT strategy – Computer Weekly 8/11/10 +*
The Cabinet Office has asked officials to refrain from talking about the government's new IT strategy. Despite senior civil servants starting to open up about their plans for the coming months and the possible direction of the strategy, the department says it is normal to keep quiet about unpublished documents.
(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 James on to discuss what's involved and what we have in place to support coordinators and their groups.
*+ NO2ID goes on tour with Erasing David +*
Groups across the country are helping to facilitate a nationwide tour of Erasing David -- a documentary about privacy, surveillance and the database state. Phil Booth, our national co-ordinator is hitting the road with David Bond the film maker and producer Ashley Jones to help raise awareness of the victims of the Database State that lie behind the
headlines of privacy abuses. Tour Locations:
Manchester - to be confirmed
Glasgow - to be confirmed
_*+ Cambridge +*_
*+ 11th February - abolition party +*
Friday 11th February. The Cambridge group is planning a celebration after the bill abolishing the ID Cards scheme is actually passed. All welcome:   
Friday 11th February 2011, 8pm at Garden Room, Gillespie Centre, Clare
College, (in Clare memorial court, between Queen's Rd and the University
Library). Map:  We plan to have free food and drink, and a couple of special guests.  More details soon ...
_*+ Camden & Islington +*_
*+ 7th December -- Camden & Islington NO2ID Meeting +*
1st Tuesday of the month. 8.00pm at *The Kings Head, 59 Essex Rd, Islington. All welcome. *Last month The Kings Head was closed; if it is again then we will be in The New Rose which is at 84-86 Essex Road - very slightly further up (away from Angel) on the opposite side of the road.  For more info email or join the mailing list at: (
_*+ 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
_*+ Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire +*_
*Phase II of campaign*
Following a helpful meeting with James Elsdon-Baker on Phase II of the NO2ID campaign, ideas are welcome on how to progress the campaign in the Hull and East Yorkshire area - ideas to date include assigning topics between local supporters to keep up a constant presence of letters to local media on local issues and on local/national campaign messages, writing to MPs and local Councillors about database state issues, etc
Please email if you'd like to take up this idea or have an idea of your own that you'd like to contribute.
_*+ Leeds +*_
*+ Leeds NO2ID Christmas Stall and Drinks +*
Leeds NO2ID will be meeting outside Leeds Museum by the Christmas market to hold a street stall for a couple of hours on 11th December. After the stall we will be heading off around 2pm for our annual Christmas drinks in Mr Foley's cask ale house. All new and old faces welcome.  Please contact Nadine on or join our mailing list and ask us a question! -
_*+ Manchester +*_
*+ 2nd December - Manchester NO2ID Christmas get together +*
Manchester NO2ID are having a Christmas get together from 7:30pm in the English Lounge, 64-66 High Street, Manchester on Thursday 2nd December. This is a social event rather than a formal meet and everyone is welcome to come along for a general friendly chat, to discuss the state of the campaign, or alternatively you can just come along for some beer!  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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