NO2ID Supporters' Newsletter No. 89 - 17th January 2008
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ID INTERROGATIONS BEGIN IN EARNESTThe ID interrogation centre network has begun to creak into action, with centres now opening their doors in dozens of locations across the UK. To find the status of your nearest centre, please visit http://www.no2id.net/getInvolved/idCentres.php
Interrogations are still ONLY for those applying for their first adult passport - and we understand that not everyone applying for their first adult passport is being called in for an official grilling. The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) will not say exactly who, or why, it is calling people in.
We need to know more.
NO2ID is already receiving reports from people who have been interrogated, but we would like to understand the process in more detail so that we can advise people better. If you are due to apply for your first adult passport, or if you have been called in for 'interview' please do get in touch by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
N.B. People being interrogated at present ARE NOT being issued with ID cards, nor are their details being entered onto the ID database (the 'National Identity Register' or 'NIR'). The contracts to build the database haven't even been issued yet. Even were IPS to retain the information it is now gathering, it would not be sufficient to form a complete NIR record - e.g. no fingerprints are being taken.
If you haven't already, it *is* still safe to 'Renew for Freedom' if your passport has just a few years to run - see http://www.RenewForFreedom.org
STOP PRESS - REQUEST
Have you been personally affected by the recent government data breaches - HMRC Child Benefit, DVLA theory test details, NHS records, DWP benefits or pension data?
Have you also, or as a result, signed the NO2ID Pledge?
We want to hear your story.
If you or a member of your family have been affected by government mishandling of personal data, and you feel strongly enough about it that you will now refuse to comply with the National Identity Scheme ('ID cards') and have made the NO2ID Pledge, please send an e-mail to NO2ID's press office - email@example.com - and let us know.
Please ONLY get in touch if you would be happy to have your story reported, e.g. in the newspapers or on our website. We can offer no guarantee that anyone's particular story will be published.
Local groups newsWe have local groups all over the country and in 36 of the 69 locations of ID interrogation centres (see www.no2id.net/getInvolved/idCentres.php). If you can help to set up a local group in one of the remaining towns then please contact us at (firstname.lastname@example.org). A full list of local groups can be found at www.no2id.net/localGroups
Data sharing consultation - (closes 15th February)
A consultation on data sharing has been launched by the Ministry of Justice. The consultation document is at (www.justice.gov.uk/publications/data-sharing-review-consultation.htm). Please also send NO2ID details (with evidence) of occasions where public authorities or others are demanding more information than necessary for the purpose. Our address is NO2ID, Box 412, 19-21 Crawford Street, London W1H 1PJ or send by e-mail to (email@example.com). The consultation ends on 15th February.
There is also a discussion of how to go about submitting evidence for the consultation at http://forum.no2id.net/viewtopic.php?t=20073
Bradford19th January - Bradford NO2ID meeting
Saturday, 19th January at The Old Dolphin, Highgate Rd, Clayton Heights, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD13 1DR. Contact Jason Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Cambridge26th January - NO2ID Cambridge Stall
Saturday, 26th January 10am - Cambridge NO2ID's next street stall will be in the usual spot outside Cambridge Guildhall. Location Map: http://tinyurl.com/eo42r. As ever, volunteers to help very welcome - please email email@example.com, or text/call Andrew on 07710 469624 if you can make it.
6th February - Cambridge NO2ID pub meeting (1st Wednesday of each month)
Wednesday, 6th February 7.30pm at the Salisbury Arms, 76 Tenison Rd, Cambridge CB1 2DW. Map: (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=cb1+2dw). For more details contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or text/call Andrew on 07710 469624.
Canterbury6th February - Canterbury NO2ID Meeting (1st Wednesday of each month)
Wednesday, 16th February 7.30pm at Coffee and Corks, Palace Street, Canterbury. Email email@example.com for more info.
EdinburghPrevious newsletter link correction
In newsletter 88 the link at the end of the item 'Scottish Parliament gives resounding thumbs down to ID cards' should have been http://www.jwelford.demon.co.uk/snecnews.html
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(firstname.lastname@example.org), and for more group information see http://www.no2id-scotland.net/edinburgh/
30th January - Edinburgh NO2ID Meeting - Green Party MSP to speak to Edinburgh Group
Wednesday, 30th January 7.00pm in The Library, Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL. The Edinburgh NO2ID group will welcome Patrick Harvie, Green Party MSP and Scotland's principal political opponent of identity cards, to its meeting on Wednesday 30 January. All are welcome at the meeting. Further details, including posters to download, may be found at http://forum.no2id.net/viewtopic.php?t=20496.
GlasgowMost 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.
Leicester31st January - Pledge signing event
Thursday, 31st January from 7pm at the Blues pub in Oadby. Instead of the usual Wednesday meeting we will be signing the NO2ID pledge to refuse to register for the national ID card. Everybody welcome as we'll be including this event in a press release and we would like a good turnout!
Newcastle/Gateshead20th February - Taking Liberties showing
Wednesday, 20th February 7.30pm at the Star and Shadow Cinema. The acclaimed film Taking Liberties, featuring NO2ID, will be shown.
OxfordOxford's Interrogation centre will be opening this month and we're planning to have an event to mark it, and to raise people's awareness that they might be called in for an intrusive interview. We don't yet know the exact date of the event as we don't yet know the exact date the interrogation centre will be opening. We're thinking at this point in time of holding a "BBQ for the Grilling Centre". We will of course keep everyone posted.
SouthamptonAt our January meeting we decided to work towards the local elections in May and to this end will be writing to all councillors and candidates to discover their position on ID cards and the Database State over the next eight weeks. We are also looking to build towards a press event shortly before the local elections to raise awareness of the issues locally. We are also working to set up a NO2ID group at the University of Southampton, so that our student activists can operate freely on campus. Finally, we want to organise a 'visit' to a local interrogation centre. If members from Portsmouth or Bournemouth could get in touch that would be very welcome so we can work together on this.
6th February - Southampton NO2ID Meeting (1st Wednesday of each month)
Wednesday, 6th February 8.00pm at the Dolphin pub in St Denys, Southampton. We hold irregular stalls in Southampton and environs. Please contact Southampton.firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to take part, or come to the next meeting.
Thanet25th January Thanet NO2ID Meeting
Friday, 25th January 7pm at Pascucci Cafe,14 Buenos Ayres Rd, Margate. The café owner agreed to open especially in the evening for our meeting. The café is right opposite Margate railway station, and next to a pub which will be the backup venue. Contact email@example.com for more details.
Worcester6th February - Worcester NO2ID pub meeting (No meeting in January)
Wednesday, 6 February 2000 at The Portobello, Bransford Road, St John's, Worcester (http://www.streetmap.co.uk/streetmap.
dll?G2M?X=383268&Y=253763&A=Y&Z=1). Our regular, meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month. This month: Roles, Recruitment and the Rest of Worcestershire. Contact Worcester@no2id.net or 01905 735986
WorthingJanuary 26th - Worthing NO2ID Street Stall
Saturday, 26th January 11am at Montague Place, Worthing. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What just happened?
Welsh Assembly renews anti-ID stanceYesterday (16th January) Welsh Assembly members voted to renew their opposition to ID cards. The motion called on the Assembly to "direct the Government not to allow ID cards to be used as a requirement for access to public services in Wales which are within the remit of the Assembly". The motion was passed unanimously. Labour members voted for the motion - interestingly when the motion was originally passed in 2005 they abstained. No Labour members defended the government's ID-scheme during the debate.
Details of the debate can be found at http://www.assemblywales.org/
Taking Liberties gets BAFTA nominationThe British civil liberties documentary 'Taking Liberties' has been nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA) award. The film is up for the 'Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer in their First Feature Film'. The British Academy Film Awards will be held on Sunday 10th February.
Medical data – store it yourself?News of the NHS data losses has travelled far and fast. One of the doctors’ federations in Germany says the British disaster should prompt second thoughts about German plans for electronic health cards linked to a centralised database. The doctors suggest that each patient’s data could be kept on a USB card or USB stick, which would remain in the person’s possession. But the German government looks set to press ahead with the database.
Deja vu - Kiddyprinting and data leaks - same story, different countryJust like here in the UK where thousands of children have been fingerprinted at school, children at Espiritu community schools in Phoenix, USA have been fingerprinted without their parent's permission (see http://tinyurl.com/3c5xfx - includes an abc15 news video). Manufacturers of the equipment and the schools collecting the biometrics are using the stock answer that it's okay because the fingerprints are stored as a numeric code. Little mention is made of the fact that such practices teach children that it's okay for authorities to take this information and to accept that there is no privacy. Two states in the USA outlaw the fingerprinting of children: Michigan and Iowa. Meanwhile Sweden has had a mini Revenue and Customs style data breach after an employee of the armed forces misplaced a USB memory stick which contained both unclassified and classified information such as information regarding mine threats in Afghanistan (see http://tinyurl.com/2agvrd).
New leaked data fiascoPatients with serious illnesses such as cancer are having their personal details passed to medical researchers.
"ID" in the newsFBI wants instant access to British identity data - The Guardian 15/1/08
Senior British police officials are talking to the FBI about an international database to hunt for major criminals and terrorists. The US-initiated programme, "Server in the Sky", would take cooperation between the police forces way beyond the current faxing of fingerprints across the Atlantic. Allies in the "war against terror" - the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand - have formed a working group, the International Information Consortium, to plan their strategy.
Biometric ID card to be issued to foreign nationals within a year, Home Office says - ComputerWeekly 14/1/08
Foreign nationals who wish to stay in the UK will be issued with a compulsory biometric ID card within a year, the home office minister, Liam Byrne, said today. The scheme is one of 10 measures announced today that aims to tighten control of the presence and movement of foreigners in the UK.
All visa applicants to be fingerprinted from today - The Guardian 14/1/08
All visitors to Britain requiring visas will have to be fingerprinted from today. The immigration minister, Liam Byrne, said a programme for installing biometric visa controls has been completed three months ahead of schedule.
Prisoners 'to be chipped like dogs' - Independent on Sunday 13/1/08
Ministers are planning to implant "machine-readable" microchips under the skin of thousands of offenders as part of an expansion of the electronic tagging scheme that would create more space in British jails.
Generation ID: lessons in kiddyprinting - red pepper 13/1/08
Jim Knight, the minister for schools and learning, also said this summer that the police could help themselves to the children’s fingerprints if they are trying to solve a crime – regardless of whether they have ever previously been in trouble with the law. http://www.redpepper.org.uk/article921.html
I'm one of 'them' - The Guardian 13/1/08
If Gordon Brown has his way I'll soon be forced to choose between my husband and my liberty. As a Canadian resident in the UK, beginning this year I'm required to carry an ID card under the Labour government's national identity cards scheme. As Brown put it in last week's prime minister's questions: "I suggest the whole of the country supports ID cards for foreign nationals."
PM re-commits to ID cards - Computing 9/1/08
The Prime Minister is insisting the ID card plan will "move ahead" despite Tory protests following the scandals involving lost personal data by his government. Speaking at his first Prime Minister's Questions session of 2008, Gordon Brown said a parliamentary vote on making the card compulsory would take place after the voluntary system has been put in place, depending on the success of the initial scheme.
Inquiry into police dna use - Daily Express 9/1/08
Ministers are funding a major inquiry into the operation of the police DNA database, it has been announced. Official government advisers the Human Genetics Commission will oversee a so-called "citizen's inquiry" into the way DNA records are archived to fight crime.
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