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ID INTERROGATIONS BEGIN IN EARNEST
A year later than intended and with very little publicity, the
government's network of ID interrogation centres is starting to open
for business. The Identity & Passport Service (IPS) website now
lists around 20 towns and cities with open centres, of the 60 that
you've already helped us track down:
Please help us find the rest, and warn anyone over the age of 16 who
needs to apply for their first adult passport to do so quickly*. The
National Identity Register (NIR) isn't built yet, and IPS won't start
fingerprinting trials until next year at the earliest so there's still
time to avoid automatic registration on the NIR.
If you are renewing your passport and get called in for 'interview',
PLEASE GET IN TOUCH - send an e-mail to email@example.com.
We are eager for first hand reports of the actual process, which may
give us some clues as to how we can further frustrate and resist the
*Get them to visit http://www.RenewForFreedom.org for more information,
or download our fact sheet.
++ STOP PRESS ++
NEW DEBATE ON FRICTION.TV
With 1 million new profiles added to the DNA database in the last year
alone, NO2ID National Coordinator, Phil Booth, speaks out against the
arbitrary expansion and lifelong retention of this most personal of
data on Friction.tv at http://friction.tv/debate.php?debateno=1351
Please chip in with your views and comments - and why not start your
own debate? Videos can be uploaded from a webcam, or even a mobile
24th November - BIRMINGHAM / WEST MIDLANDS REGIONAL MEETING
Phil Booth, National Coordinator, will be coming to Birmingham this
November for a meeting of all NO2ID groups in the West Midlands, open
to everyone who wants to do something in the fight against ID cards and
the database state on their patch. Come and learn how to set up a group
and campaign in your area; meet other campaigners and share ideas; find
out where the ID scheme and related initiatives are heading, and what
you can do about it.
DATE & TIME: Saturday 24th November 2007, 10:30am for
VENUE: The Priory Rooms, Friends Meeting House, 40 Bull Street,
Birmingham B4 6AF
[Heading on after 13:00 to The Old Contemptibles, 175 Edmund Street for
lunch/beer and further planning.]
Local groups news
have groups in
36 of the 69 locations
interrogation centres (see www.no2id.net/getInvolved/idCentres.php).
you can help to set up a local group in one of the remaining towns then
please contact our Local Groups liaisons Matty and Deborah at
full list of
can be found at www.no2id.net/localGroups
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
by for a chat. New volunteers - please contact John (firstname.lastname@example.org),
and for more group information see http://www.no2id-scotland.net/edinburgh/
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: email@example.com
Passport interrogations (Glasgow)
Glasgow NO2ID are keen to hear from anyone who has been summoned to
attend the interrogation centre at Blythswood House after applying for
their first passport. Please contact Geraint at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Charlie at myspace.com/no2idglasgow
9th November - Cambridge NO2ID at Caius Questions
Friday, 9th November, 8.30pm at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
coordinator Andrew Watson will join representatives of Cambridge
student political societies on the panel for "Caius Questions",
modelled on BBC's Question Time. All welcome.
10th November - Manchester NO2ID Street Stall
Saturday, 10th November 1-3pm in St. Anne's Square. The main objectives
of the afternoon will be to raise awareness among the public, engage
people in discussion about the NIR, and collect petitions for the NO2ID
petition to keep people in touch with the campaign. We'll meet in the
square itself at 1pm 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! For more information email email@example.com or call 07982 814441.
13th November - Staines NO2ID Meeting
Tuesday, 13th November 8pm at the Links Pub in Ashford (opposite
Bonjour petrol station and golf course). For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
13th and 27th November - Glasgow NO2ID fortnightly
Tuesday, 13th November and 27th November at 8pm in Mono.
Glasgow NO2ID's regular fortnightly meetings. All welcome. Map: http://www.glasgow-no2id.org.uk/meeting.html
14th November - Manchester NO2ID Meeting
Wednesday, 14th November 7-9pm in the upstairs function room of the
Town Hall Tavern, Tib Lane, Manchester. Sadly, this venue is not
wheelchair-accessible; please contact us if you have accessibility
needs. At our monthly meetings we discuss the state of the NO2ID
campaign, what we've been up to recently and where we're going in
future. Everyone is welcome, newcomer or not, curious or committed.
The Town Hall Tavern serves reasonably-priced, good quality food until
9pm so you don't need to pop home for tea - you can even order your
meal brought up to the function room. For more information email email@example.com or call 07982 814441.
20th November - Home Affairs Committee 'A SURVEILLANCE SOCIETY?'
Tuesday, 20 November 2007 at 10.15 am in Committee room 8, House of
Commons. Witnesses: Tim Wright, Chief Information Officer, Department
for Children, Schools and Families, Richard Jeavons, Director, IT
Service Implementation, Department of Health, Stephen Hickey, Director
General for the Safety, Service Delivery and Logistics Group,
Department for Transport, and Steve Burton, Deputy Director of
Transport Policing & Enforcement,Transport for London, Clare
Moriarty, Constitution Director, Ministry of Justice, and John Suffolk,
Government Chief Information Officer. The session can be watched at http://www.parliamentlive.tv/
24th November - NO2ID Brighton Social Event
Saturday 24th November 3pm-6pm at the Lord Nelson on Trafalgar Street.
In the coming months, Brighton & Hove NO2ID like to help students
at the Universities of Brighton & Sussex start their own NO2ID
societies. We'd like to work with local politicians to introduce a
motion to the council declaring Brighton & Hove's opposition to ID
cards, and the difficulties they would cause for local government. Most
of all, we'd like to get more people involved in the campaign so that
by the time the next
election comes (it may not be now, but it'll be on us sooner than you
think!) we can really get lobbying, force candidates to take a stance
on the issue, and work towards electing a government that will repeal
the Identity Cards Act 2006 and put an end to Labour's ID cards folly
for good. To kick-start these plans, we're organising a social event.
It's open to all, and is the perfect opportunity to ask questions,
volunteer or even become a paid-up member of NO2ID. If nothing else,
we'd love you to come and meet us, enjoy a chat over a drink and have
some nibbles! There's no obligation to do anything at all, but we hope
you might want to. There'll be a buffet and entry is free.
24th November - NO2ID Cambridge Stall
Saturday, 24th November, 10am at Cambridge Guildhall. Location
Cambridge NO2ID'S next street stall will
be in the usual spot. As ever, volunteers to help very welcome - please
email firstname.lastname@example.org, or
text/call Andrew on 07710 469624 if you
can make it.
5th December - Cambridge NO2ID pub meeting (1st Wednesday of each
Wednesday, 5th December, 7.30pm at the Free Press (pub), 7 Prospect
Row, Cambridge CB1 1DU (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=cb1+1du).
Cambridge NO2ID's informal pub meetings are on the first Wednesday of
each month. Join us at 7:30pm on Wednesday 5th December . For more
contact email@example.com, or
text/call Andrew on 07710 469624.
5th December - Southampton NO2ID Meeting (1st Wednesday of each
Wednesday, 5th December at 8:00 pm in the Dolphin Pub in St Denys. For
more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
9th December - NO2ID stall Swiss Cottage (Joint Initiative by
Kensington & Chelsea and Camden)
On 4th November three groups manned a stall at Swiss Cottage and
collected signatures and donations. We will repeat the same exercise
on Sunday 9th December. While someone mans the stall, the rest spread
out walking round Swiss Cottage shopping areas with the petition
collecting signatures and donations. If you live in London and you are
free on 9th December, please come and join us. For more information
email email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
What just happened?
Glasgow City Council fails to pass anti-ID motion
On 1st November Glasgow City Council rejected a motion against ID cards
and the National Identity
Register. The motion focussed on the adverse fiscal impact
that integration with the National Identity Register would have on
council services. Not one of Labour's 45 councillors was prepared to
stand up to defend the ID scheme or voice any support for it. Instead,
Cllr. Coleman (Lab) proposed that the council take "no action". The
carried 40-31, with 4 abstentions. Speaking after the vote, Cllr.
Stuart Clay said: "It was disappointing that the administration did not
support the motion, but by proposing "no action" they seemed to imply
they were uncomfortable about the UK Government's proposals." Geraint
Bevan, NO2ID Scotland co-ordinator, said: "There is no support for the
Home Office's identity tax in Glasgow. There is no support for it in
Scotland. If the UK Government do not accept this reality, we will see
a repeat of the poll tax fiasco."
Tom Wise MEP helps Cambridge NO2ID campaigners
Tom Wise, UKIP MEP for the East of England, joined NO2ID campaigners on
their street stall in Cambridge on Saturday 3rd November. Wise said:
last time we had ID cards in the UK was during the Second World War,
and they were scrapped soon after. This is one of the few countries in
the EU that does NOT require us to carry ID of any description; that
freedom is one we must preserve."
David Blunkett loses ID cards debate in Letchworth
Former Home Secretary David Blunkett, the political architect of the ID
scheme, defended it at a public debate on Tuesday 6th November - and
lost. He and Simon Carr, political sketch writer at The Independent,
debated the motion "Law-abiding Britons have nothing to fear from
identity cards" at an event organised by David's Bookshop in
Letchworth. Before the debate a slim majority of the 160-strong
audience said they disagreed with the motion. After both sides had put
their points of view, the number opposed had increased noticeably. Mr
Blunkett apparently still believes that biometric identification is
completely infallible and that the ID card database can be made
completely accurate (the "clean database" fallacy) and invulnerable to
insider fraud, data theft or external cyber-attacks. He told the
audience that he has no fear of people knowing all about him - and was
selling copies of his autobiography to prove it.
Southampton NO2ID on the street
Southampton NO2ID held it's first street stall outside Waitrose in
Portswood, Southampton on Saturday 3rd November. Group co-ordinator Ian
Thomas said: "There was a lot of interest from passers by many of whom
were keen to know what the case against ID cards was. I think a few
minds were changed. Several people pointed out the irony of us asking
for their name and address, but that too was able to be used as we
pointed out that their information would be held in accordance with the
Data Protection Act and that we were not forcing them to sign up!" The
group intends to have another stall plus walking billboards in the town
centre in the run-up to Christmas.
Worcester NO2ID up and running
This week Worcester NO2ID held their first meeting. Group co-ordinator
Luke Albarin said: "Our meeting was amidst the swirls and twirls of
Brown's musings about ID. We've been on local BBC radio, had online and
print cover in the local press, and we've challenged our pro-ID Labour
MP to face his Conservative and Lib Dem opponents in a public debate."
The group plan to set up Saturday street stalls in Worcester, and then
Redditch, the Home Secretary Jacqui Smith's constituency. For more
information about the Worcester group contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Serious Crime Act 2007 receives Royal Assent
On 30th October the Serious Crime Act 2007 received Royal Assent. The
Act clears the way for large-scale data-matching. Read Spy
Blog's analysis of the Act and the distressing lack of opposition to it
ID scheme cost report published
The latest ID scheme cost report was released this week. The report
says that there are "considerable uncertainties" in its estimates. The
Office chose to release the report on the same day as the IPCC report
into Jean Charles de Menezes was published. Read the report at:
Comment on government's 'Service Transformation Agreement'
Last month the government released the blandly-named "Service
Transformation Agreement" which further lays out plans to abolish
privacy. Each government department is listed with its data-sharing and
identity management strategy. For instance the Ministry of Justice "is
leading a cross-government programme to deliver a package of measures
over the next 3-5 years to overcome current barriers to information
sharing within the public sector". Meanwhile the Department for Work
Pensions is engaged in "using and supporting Tell-Us-Once in developing
and testing identity management service propositions - this includes
research on data-sharing legislative frameworks". The full document has
been posted on-line at the 'Comment On This' website, where each clause
can be commented on.
The price of privacy
On 1 November, Germany started issuing second-generation ePassports. As
well as the bearer's name, date of birth and photo, the RFID chips now
contain two fingerprints. The very same day, the enterprising city of
Lübeck launched a new product - aluminium sheaths to keep the data safe
from freelance scanners. Yours for an extra 6 euro when you pick up
"ID" in the news
Tackling a global identity crisis - epractice.eu 6/11/07
A new international initiative, the Centre for Ethical Identity
Assurance (CEIA), involving industry, government and academic partners
has been launched to address the growing problem of identity fraud, the
demand for greater identity assurance and the need to develop common
standards and practices in this area. The CEIA will operate under the
aegis of the Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility (AIM
Global), a global trade association representing manufacturers and
vendors of identity verification technologies.
Security minister defends ID cards, longer detention - The Register
The Liberal Democrat party has attacked the proposed National ID card
scheme, on the grounds that the government cannot effectively implement
simpler plans such as passport interviews. But the new government
security minister has mounted a spirited defence.
Spine to be shut for two day 'refresh' - e-Health Insider 1/11/07
Connecting for Health (CfH) and BT have confirmed that the NHS Spine
will be unavailable when it is taken down for a major upgrade from next
Friday evening until Sunday morning (9-11 November). The Department of
Health agency describes the refresh of software and hardware as
‘unusual’ and ‘unlikely’ to occur again in the future. A practice
‘refresh’ of the Spine has already been carried out as a dry run in a
recent technical rehearsal.
US: Is Real ID plan on its deathbed? - cnet news 2/11/07
The U.S. government's controversial plan to outfit all Americans with
uniform electronic identification cards--officially known as Real
ID--may be on its deathbed, opponents of the program charged this week.
What happened to the Crosby review? - Ideal Government 31/10/07
So why hasn’t all that promising hard work by Sir James Crosby for
Gordon Brown seen the light of day? Remember, he was looking into what
Britain needs from ID management from a public-private business point
Clegg vows to defy ID cards law - The Guardian 31/10/07
Nick Clegg, the odds-on favourite to become Liberal Democrat leader,
yesterday announced that he will break the law and refuse to provide
details of his identity if the government presses ahead with plans to
make ID cards compulsory.
Promising proposal for near universal user authentication method -
A UK start up company, GrIDsure, has patented an approach to
authenticating users that has a very wide range of applications. It is
already being touted as a replacement for conventional Chip and PIN and
for solving the problem of user authentication in online transactions.
The Churchill Professor for Operational Research at the University of
Cambridge has estimated it to be 100 times more secure than
conventional Chip and PIN, and it has already won endorsements from
Visa, MasterCard and the Cabinet Office of the UK government.
Government orders review of data sharing - ComputerWorldUK 26/10/07
The government has ordered a review of data sharing by both public and
private sector bodies. The move was announced by prime minister Gordon
Brown in a speech at the University of Westminster focused on civil
liberties issues. Brown acknowledged that there is "continuing debate
about identity cards", although procurement for the controversial
£5.4bn ID cards scheme has begun and eight firms have now been
shortlisted as potential suppliers.
ID cards will be secure, insists Home Office - silicon.com 25/10/07
The Home Office has defended the UK ID cards scheme after security
expert Frank Abagnale - a one-time confidence trickster made famous by
the Steven Spielberg film, Catch Me If You Can - said the scheme should
be scrapped if the government cannot ensure it is secure.
E-borders function creep:Unpaid fines may stop people leaving UK -
Ministers are also looking at ways of using the new £1.2bn "e-borders"
programme to collect more than £9m owed in health treatment charges by
foreign nationals who have left the country without paying.
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