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17/8/06
NO2ID Supporters' Newsletter No. 52 - 17th August 2006
 

Contacting us: Call or email the office - 020-7793-4005 or (office@no2id.net)

WE MUST PRESSURE ALL POLITICAL PARTIES TO ABOLISH ID CARDS/NIR

This week David Cameron has released the Conservative party's 'mini-manifesto'[1]. Item 6 clearly states: "Abolishing ID cards if they are introduced." NO2ID would like to see the leaders of *all* the opposition parties make such statements - some already have - but we don't imagine for a minute that even this would guarantee success. On the Parliamentary front, it will be in large part about how high up the political agenda we can get 'ID cards' by the time of the next general election. And then how clearly the electorate vote for abolition or against the surveillance state.

A positive thing to do right now, if you have a Tory MP, is to use http://www.writetothem.com/ to draw their attention to this particular mini-manifesto promise, and point out that this is one issue about which you as their constituent are passionately concerned. This first step should at least start the issue registering on the Conservative party consciousness* but if you feel like adding some detail - e.g. "My key concern is that the National Identity Register, i.e. the highly invasive database behind the cards, is abolished too", or, "If you are going to abolish ID cards, then do I have your assurance that a Conservative government would therefore repeal the Identity Cards Act 2006?" - then please do.

At this stage it is not worth taking an accusatory or negative approach - e.g. "Why should we trust you?" - when the point is to get politicians thinking that abolition and repeal is the right way to go. And for those of you with non-Tory/non-Labour MPs, there's merit in pointing out Cameron's latest promise and asking their party's position. A 'bidding war' could get interesting...

* MPs do take note of how many letters they receive on each issue, even if they don't always respond.

References:

[1] http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/16_08_06_cameron.pdf

What's next?

Local groups & the new passport processing centres

Following our appeal for volunteers to set up NO2ID groups near the passport processing centres we heard from volunteers in a few of the areas including Shrewsbury, Leicester and Barnstaple. To campaign effectively against ID cards and the National Identity Register it is essential that we have local groups in each of the 69 towns that will host these centres. Below is a list of the location of all 69 centres. If you live in one of these locations and there is not currently a local NO2ID group in your area then please consider helping us by setting up a local group.

The 69 passport centres will be in:

Aberdeen, Aberystwyth, Andover, Armagh, Barnstaple, Belfast, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Birmingham, Blackburn, Boston, Bournemouth, Bristol,
Bury St Edmunds, Camborne, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Coleraine, Crawley, Derby, Dover, Dumfries, Dundee, Edinburgh,
Exeter, Galashiels, Glasgow, Hastings, Hull, Inverness, Ipswich, Kendal, Kilmarnock, Kings Lynn, Leeds, Leicester,
Lincoln, Liverpool, London, Luton, Maidstone, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Newport, Newport, Northallerton, Northampton,
Norwich, Oban, Omagh, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Reading, Scarborough, Sheffield, Shrewsbury, St Austell,
Stirling, Stoke on Trent, Swansea, Swindon, Warwick, Wick, Wrexham, Yeovil, York.

If you can set up a local group in one of these towns then please contact us at (office@no2id.net). A local group can start with just one person but we will help you to grow.

NO2ID Beermats

Newcastle NO2ID have a few hundred NO2ID beermats for sale at £15 per 100 including  postage and packing - send cheques made payable to NO2ID to North House, 17 North Street East, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8DF.

New Local Group in Shrewsbury

We now have a local group in Shrewsbury, West Midlands. For more information contact Dr Rob Findlay at (shrewsbury@no2id.net). A full list of groups can be found at www.no2id.net/localGroups

August  - Inverness NO2ID Campaign stall

NO2ID Inverness will have a campaign stall at various locations in and around Inverness throughout August:
11 August Tain Gathering, 12 August Inverness High Street, 13 August Abernethy Games
20 August Nairn Games, 21 August Crieff Games, 26 August Inverness High Street
27 August Glenurquhart Gathering, Drumnadrochit, 3 & 4 Sept Glamis Castle Country Fair
See http://www.no2id-scotland.net/local/inverness.html

August & September NO2ID Cambridge Campaign stall

Cambridge NO2ID will be running street stalls outside the Guildhall, Cambridge, on the following dates, from 10am onwards: Saturday 12th August, Saturday 2nd September, Saturday 23rd September. Location:(http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=cb2+3qj&ie=
UTF8&ll=52.204786,0.119251&spn=0.003971,0.012167&om=1
). Drop round to collect a badge and car sticker, or just to say "Hello". Volunteers to help run the stall also welcome. Contact Andrew Watson via cambridge@no2id.net, or on 07710 469624.

Cambridge NO2ID - Student volunteers needed

Cambridge NO2ID is preparing to spread the word about government ID card legislation to students arriving for the new term at both Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Cambridge. If you're studying at either University, and would like to help publicise NO2ID to your fellow students, please contact cambridge@no2id.net as soon as possible (and preferably before term starts).

4th September NO2ID Shrewsbury Initial Planning Meeting

Monday 4th September 8.15pm at the Inn on the Green, Bank Farm Road, Radbrook Green, Shrewsbury, SY3 6DU. The pub is next to the Radbrook Green shopping centre, and there is plenty of parking. The function room has been booked - inside the pub and turn right. See (www.multimap.com/map/browse.cgi?lat=52.6968&lon=-2.7754&scale=5000&icon=x). For more details contact shrewsbury@no2id.net

Saturdays throughout September - Highbury NO2ID stall/leafleting - volunteers needed

Highbury NO2ID is trying to run a stall / hand out leaflets on each Saturday during September in order promote the 'Renew for Freedom' campaign before the 1st October passport changes.  Anyone in the North London area who can help out for an hour or so should contact Caroline Day at (highbury@no2id.net). The dates planned are Sept 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd.  Times: 11pm to 2-3pm ish. Place: Highbury & Islington tube station.

12th September NO2ID Volunteers Meeting Central London - 'The European Dimension'

Tuesday, 12th September at 7.00pm in the Brockway Hall at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1 (nearest tube: Holborn). All are welcome to NO2ID's next regular volunteers' meeting. The meeting will be on the theme of ID cards and the EU. The meeting is free to attend but we will be asking for donations to help cover the cost of the room hire.

1st October - NO2ID Comedy fund raiser gig - "Who do you think you are?" at the Hackney Empire

Tickets will be available soon for NO2ID's comedy event. Acts include: Stewart Lee, Richard Herring, Andrew O'Neil and Lucy Porter.


What just happened?

Waltham Forest council vote against ID cards

Last month, a vote in Waltham Forest to oppose ID Cards and affiliate with NO2ID passed comfortably with the Conservatives siding with the LibDems against Labour opposition. See http://chingfordandwglibdems.blogspot.com/2006/07/council-says-no-to-id-cards.html and the council minutes at
http://www1.walthamforest.gov.uk/moderngov/ieLi
stDocuments.asp?CId=335&MId=1515&Ver=4&J=4

Youth Against ID website launches

The Youth Against ID website is now up and running at www.youthagainstid.org . It's the place for young people and students to meet others concerned about ID cards and the NIR and to get information and news on anti-ID card events and campaigns.

Scrambling for Safety 8

On Monday (August 14th) the Scrambling for Safety 8 conference was held at University College London. The conference looked at worrying new powers in Part III of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) that came into force in 2000. Slides of some of the speakers are available at the foundation for information policy research (fipr)'s website and there are plans to post up videos of the speakers. At the event was Lord Phillips of Sudbury, who has given up his seat in the House of Lords to fight "crap legislation" such as RIPA and the Identity Cards Act.
See http://www.fipr.org/sfs8/index.html

ID Card themed short film

A short graduation film, 'In the Name of Security', set in 2009 and exploring the subject of ID cards has been published to the web. The film's director said: "I wanted to make a film that was provocative and would encourage debate on an issue that I feel is extremely important: mandatory ID cards".
See the film at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9fSLlJQRKU (broadband internet connection required).

Video shows that ePassports can detonate explosives

Amidst the heightened security measures imposed at UK airports last week restrictions were placed on what passengers could carry on to flights. Items such as liquids and electronic devices were not allowed in hand luggage because the authorities claimed they could be used to blow up planes. One item that was allowed was passengers' passports, including the new ePassports that contain an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chip. Interestingly however security analysts Flexilis have demonstrated that such passports can be used to detonate explosives. In their findings the group said: "it may be possible to determine the nationality of a passport holder by 'fingerprinting' the characteristics inherent in each country’s RFID chips.  Taken to a logical extreme, this security vulnerability could make it possible for terrorists to craft explosives that detonate only when someone from the U.S. is nearby". The group have released a video that demonstrates their findings.
See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XXaqraF7pI and http://www.flexilis.com/epassport.html


"ID" in the news

'Crap' comms, ID legislation can still be beaten - The Register 16/8/06

The former Lord Phillips of Sudbury, civil liberties campaigner and opponent of ID Cards, got sick of passing "crap legislation" while sitting in the House of Lords, but thinks he can still help clear up the mess. "On ID Cards, the battle is not lost, the battle is there to be won," he said. The rallying cry is the first indication of how Phillips might spend his time since he took the unprecedented step as a life peer by giving up his seat in the House of Lords last month.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/08/16/ripa_id_sudbury/

Consult and communicate better, scientists tell government - eGov monitor 16/8/06

Concerns raised by Professor Angela Sasse (UCL Computer Science) about the government’s approach to ID card technologies have been highlighted in a report published by the Science and Technology Committee. Outside the inquiry, she has warned of the vulnerability of a single database holding personal data for the entire population, and of the interoperability problems in store if the government does not decide definitively which departments will be plugged into the system.
http://www.egovmonitor.com/node/7211

Merseyside schoolchildren are being fingerprinted - 16/8/06 Liverpool Daily Post

Schoolchildren across Merseyside are being fingerprinted in the classroom, it was claimed last night. Five schools in Liverpool, Knowsley, St Helens and Warrington are said to be among hundreds in the country to use a new biometric system.
http://tinyurl.co.uk/a09o

E-Passports Issued Despite Security Concerns - Newsfactor magazine online 15/8/06

Privacy groups have raised concerns that the e-passports are vulnerable to remote scanning, which would allow pirates to copy the holder's details and create bogus travel documents. Such fears were heightened earlier this month when a German computer security expert demonstrated at a conference in Las Vegas how to crack the RFID chip and clone the new passports.
http://tinyurl.co.uk/z9bt

Government loses 24,000 ID passes - The Scotsman 14/8/06

More than 24,500 government security passes giving access to military sites and sensitive Whitehall offices have gone missing in the past three years.
http://news.scotsman.com/politics.cfm?id=1180692006

Brown to let shops share ID card data - The Observer 6/8/06

Gordon Brown is planning a massive expansion of the ID cards project that would widen surveillance of everyday life by allowing high-street businesses to share confidential information with police databases. Far from intending to dump ID cards once he is in Downing Street, Brown is quietly studying how biometric technology - identifying people by unique markers such as fingerprints and iris patterns - could be expanded over the next 20 years to fight crime.
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/politics/story/0,,1838363,00.html

Hackers Clone E-Passports - Wired News 3/8/06

A German computer security consultant has shown that he can clone the electronic passports that the United States and other countries are beginning to distribute this year. The controversial e-passports contain radio frequency ID, or RFID, chips that the U.S. State Department and others say will help thwart document forgery. But Lukas Grunwald, a security consultant with DN-Systems in Germany and an RFID expert, says the data in the chips is easy to copy.
http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,71521-0.html?tw=rss.index

(Please send me any items of interest you encounter - Editor(newsletter@no2id.net) )

What you can do

You can help us by:

1. Encouraging friends/family to renew their passport now

The ID Cards Act turns your passport into a one-way ticket to control of your identity by the government. In October the price of a passport will by nearly 30% to £66. If you renew your passport now you can buy ten years of freedom for £51. Encourage others to do the same and promote our renew for freedom website http://www.renewforfreedom.org

2. Helping to spread our message

Tell your friends and any organisations that you belong to about the NO2ID campaign and that you are supporting it. Most people are scarcely aware of the government's ID database project, and few understand the dangers. Feel free to redistribute this newsletter to acquaintances.

* We also maintain a list of things you can do on our website at http://www.no2id.net/getInvolved/other.php
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