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+ CLAUSE 152 – DEAD, BUT NOT QUITE BURIED… +
We can rightfully claim a famous victory as, following massive public and institutional outcry initiated by NO2ID and our close colleagues, Jack Straw has been forced to remove the appalling Clause 152 from the Coroners and Justice Bill.
Clause 152 would have provided powers to use data gathered for one purpose for any other across government and both the public and private sectors via ‘Information Sharing Orders’. It would even have allowed mass transfer of personal information across international borders. It would have vastly accelerated the building of the database state.
NO2ID had reports of individual MPs receiving over 150 personal letters from constituents on Clause 152 in the last month alone. It became the most briefed-against Clause in a Bill that contains a whole string of controversial measures.
Thanks must go to everyone who acted and who told others – we couldn’t have done it without you.
But we cannot afford to be complacent.
The government has not given up. We must be prepared for more information sharing legislation, and for an attempt to manufacture the impression of public consent via yet another “consultation” process.
And in just the next few weeks ahead we are fighting broad data-sharing and other measures in the Borders, Citizenship & Immigration Bill; dangerous wriggle-room on DNA and biometrics in the Policing and Crime Bill; phase II of NHS Summary Care Records (medical records being uploaded without consent); and the initial roll-out of ContactPoint.
If we’re to keep winning battles like Clause 152 we really need your help. In the run-up to the next general election (May 2010 at the latest) things are only going to intensify. We have to keep the pressure on against the database state, and can’t afford to let anything slip through.
Please join NO2ID *now* – www.no2id.net/join – every penny is spent fighting for YOUR freedom.
+ What just happened? +
+ Government releases (some) ID card Gateway Reviews +
The Home Office has released two Gateway Reviews of the government’s ID scheme. The release of the documents comes as the result of a Freedom of Information request by SpyBlog in January 2005. Since then there has been a series of Information Tribunals in which the government has appealed against orders to disclose information. The government even cited the 1698 Bill of Rights to try and avoid disclosure. Gateway Reviews assess the progress of IT projects at key stages in their lifecycle. The reviews can be downloaded at
+ Westminster Hall Debate on Identity Cards +
On Wednesday 11th March a Westminster Hall debate on the government’s identity card scheme and specifically the procurement of the programme was held. The “debate” was attended by Mark Todd, the MP who proposed the debate, Meg Hillier, the ID cards minister and a deputy speaker, to name but all of them. Todd opened the session by stating: “I shall not discuss the principles behind the project, nor shall I attempt to persuade the Minister that it might harm civil liberties”. Hillier showed her astounding knowledge of the project when she claimed that 70% of the cost: “will be the cost of implementing secure passports with fingerprints, something that we are doing to meet international requirements”. There are in fact no international requirements as we have repeatedly pointed out. Read the transcript at
Watch the debate at www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/VideoPlayer.aspx?meetingId=3541
+ BeeBase National Beekeepers Register +
The National Audit Office (NAO) has produced a report focusing on the state of the UK’s bee population. At the moment bee keepers can be added voluntarily to the national database of keepers BeeBase. The NAO say if take up is not high enough then a compulsory scheme of registration should be considered – a similar argument will no doubt be used with regards the National Identity Register of humans. The bee database adds to a growing list of similar schemes such as national Poultry Register, the National Equine Database and the forthcoming Electronic Identification (EID) for sheep,
+ C-NOMIS late and expensive +
The National Audit Office (NAO) has also produced a report on the National Offenders Management Information System (C-NOMIS). The system, a single database of offenders across prison and probation services, was initiated in June 2004 for implementation by January 2008. Costs for the yet to be delivered system soared from the originally budgeted £234 million to an estimated £513 million proving that the Gateway Review system introduced by the government has done little to improve IT projects.
+ What’s next? +
*+ UK Tour of Anti-ID play +*
+ LOCAL GROUPS NEWS +
To see if there’s a group in your area check our list at www.no2id.net/localGroups/ Or, if you’re interested in starting a group yourself, please contact Matty on email@example.com to discuss what’s involved and what we have in place to support coordinators and their groups.
_*+ Brighton +*_
*+ 24th March – Brighton NO2ID Meeting + * Tuesday, 24th March 7.30pm at the Brighton Peace and Environment Centre (BPEC) opposite Brighton Station. We will be going to the Battle of Trafalgar for an informal chat afterwards if meetings aren’t your thing.
_*+ Bristol +*_
*+ 1st April – Bristol NO2ID Meeting +*
_*+ Cambridge +*_
*+ 28th March – NO2ID Cambridge Stall +*
*+ 1st April – Cambridge NO2ID pub meeting (1st Wednesday of each month) +*
*+ 18th April – NO2ID Cambridge Stall +*
_*+ Camden and Islington +*_
*+ 7th April – NO2ID Camden & Islington Meeting (1st Tuesday of month) +*
_*+ Canterbury +*_
If you would like to go on our local mailing list please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Caz on 07792 567087.
_*+ Cheltenham +*_
*+ 26th March – Cheltenham NO2ID Meeting (last Thursday of Month)+*
Please also join the Cheltenham mailing list on: lists.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.cheltenham
_*+ Deptford+ *_
*+ 12th April – Deptford NO2ID Meeting (2nd Sunday of month) +*
To stay up to date join the Deptford NO2ID mailing list on: hlists.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.deptford
_*+ Dorking +*_
Dorking Group have an informal get together every first Tuesday of the month at the Lincoln Arms 7.30pm near Dorking mainline station — newcomers welcome. Next up – street stalls tba, probably 28 March in Redhill. Also a meeting has been organised with Chris Grayling Shadow Home Secretary for 9th September 7.30pm, Bourne Hall, Ewell (see Epsom for more info). Help needed to promote and organise this large scale event.
_*+ Dover +*_
*+ 30th March – Annual Meeting & Showing of “Taking Liberties” +*
_*+ Edinburgh +
*_*Saturdays 1pm – 3pm – NO2ID Edinburgh street stall*
_*+ Epsom +*_
A date for your diary: 9th September 7.30pm, Bourne Hall. The Epsom Group in conjunction with Sutton and Dorking are holding a Question Time / Public Meeting with Chris Grayling MP, Shadow Home Secretary and 3 or 4 other panellists. This will be a great opportunity to have your say directly to a possible new Home Secretary if the Conservatives win the next election. Volunteers needed to help promote the meeting.
If anyone wants to get involved in the Epsom area, please email or phone NO2ID South East Regional Coordinator Geoff Cox on email@example.com or call 01306 631377.* * _*+ Great Missenden +*_
If you are interested in the work of the Great Missenden group, please join their mailing list on: lists.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.great-missenden_**_
_*+ Norwich +*_
*+ 4th April – 1up Fest Music Event in support of NO2ID at The Queen Charlotte (and subsequently across the country) +*
*+ 11th April – Norwich NO2ID Street Stall +*
*+ 14th April – Norwich NO2ID Group Meeting +*
*+ 24th April – Norwich NO2ID Stall at Mark Thomas Event at The Playhouse +*
If you are interested in the work of the Norwich group, please join their mailing list on: www.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.norwich
_*+ Oxford +*_
*+ 28th March – Oxford NO2ID Street Stall +*
*+ 2nd April – Oxford NO2ID Meeting +*
*+ 25th April – Faringdon Peace Group ‘TAKING LIBERTIES’ event +*
See the website for more: no2id-oxford.org.uk/
_*+ Sheffield +*_
*+ 25th March – Sheffield NO2ID 1st Meeting +*
_*+ Shrewsbury +*_
*+ 20th April – Shrewsbury NO2ID “dining club” (3rd Monday of the month) +*
_*+ Worcester +*_
*+ 8th April – Worcester NO2ID Meeting (2nd Wednesday of month) +*
+ “ID” in the news +
*+ Brits consider tracking all UK Facebook traffic – ZDNet 18/3/09 +*
*+ Government flags ID cost increase – Kable 18/3/09 +*
*+ OGC may publish ‘secret’ ID card reviews – Computer Weekly 18/3/09 +*
*+ Health coaches get access to patient records – eHealth Insider 16/3/09 +*
*+ Data sharing u-turn is response to public outcry, says Government – Out-Law News 9/3/09 +*
*+ ID card ‘flash and dash’ warning – BBC News Online 6/3/09 +*
*+ Students register delight at new face-fit check-in – Cambridge News 5/3/09 +*
*+ EU: Call for action to build an eHealth area for European citizens – epractice.eu 28/2/09 +*
(Please send me any items of interest you encounter – Editor(firstname.lastname@example.org) )
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