NO2ID Supporters’ Newsletter No. 148 – 5th May 2010: Election Special

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

+ ELECTION SPECIAL +

We’re sending the newsletter early this week, so that you have it in time for the election. NO2ID remains rigorously non-partisan: our battle is not with one party or another, but rather against the database state. This principle enables us to work with, and be supported by, people from across the political spectrum and helps make our arguments all the more effective. Evidence of this may be seen in the fact that by 30th April, opposition parties’ 2010 manifesto commitments on the National Identity Scheme stood as follows:

* The Conservatives (standing 631 candidates) will “scrap ID cards, the National Identity Register and the ContactPoint database”;

* The Liberal Democrats (631 candidates) will “scrap intrusive Identity Cards and have more police instead”. They also intend to “scrap plans for expensive, unnecessary new passports with additional biometric data”;

* The UK Independence Party (543 candidates) will “abolish ID cards” which involve “harvesting large amounts of highly sensitive personal data” and are “an ingredient in an increasingly intrusive surveillance society”;

* The Green Party (315 candidates) oppose ID cards and “also have grave concerns over the development of a national dataset, including detailed biometric data, which has potential for the infringement of civil liberties”;

* The British National Party (270 candidates) will “halt all moves to introduce ID cards as an undesirable manifestation of the surveillance society”;

* The Scottish National Party (59 candidates) would “cut the projects that the country doesn’t need and can no longer afford such as Trident, ID cards and deep storage nuclear dumps”;

* Plaid Cymru (40 candidates) will “continue to oppose legislation to make possible secret inquests, Internet monitoring, wasteful ID cards, the national DNA identity register and longer pre-charge periods of detention for suspects”;

* The Scottish Green Party (20 candidates) will not have ID cards which “are an unnecessary invasion of our privacy and will do nothing to prevent crime and terrorism”;

* The Social Democratic and Labour Party (18 candidates) will “continue to point to the savings possible by scrapping spending catastrophes of the current government such as the £5bn ID cards”;

* The Democratic Unionist Party (16 candidates) says “plans to introduce ID cards should be scrapped”;

* The Pirate Party (10 candidates) “strongly oppose compulsory ID cards, and pledge that we will never introduce them”;

* The Respect Party (11 candidates) succinctly states: “No ID cards”;

* The Alliance for Green Socialism (6 candidates) will “scrap ID cards and databases of personal information”;

* The Communist Party of Great Britain (6 candidates) calls for “an end to prolonged detention without charge, house arrest and plans for ID cards and full restoration of the rights of assembly, protest and free speech”;

* The Liberal Party (5 candidates) “oppose the introduction of ID Cards and the ‘Database’ State”;

* The Libertarian Party (4 candidates) will “immediately scrap the compulsory National ID card scheme”

Labour is the only main party that has said it will continue with the ID scheme. Despite assurances that the (merely token) card itself would remain voluntary during the next Parliament, from 2012 under a Labour administration *everyone* needing a passport would be forced to enrol on the centralised ID database and be fingerprinted – and have to pay for the privilege of having their identity ‘managed’ by the state for the rest of their life.

Our sampling of candidates who have responded to NO2ID supporters suggests that many Labour candidates are propagating the “voluntary” line to their constituents. But some do get that it’s really more about the database, and a tiny number have even said they would support the repeal of the Identity Cards Act.

The battle is far from over. It is all the more important we continue the process of education and sustain pressure on whoever forms the next government to get rid of not just ID cards, not just the ID database but the legislation through which the ID scheme is being built. Repealing the Identity Cards Act 2006 would be a significant step towards rolling back the database state. But our liberty, privacy and personal security are under attack on many other fronts, too.

Please help us now: http://www.no2id.net/join

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What just happened?

+ Summary Care Records ‘Release 2’ details revealed – OPT OUT NOW +

Documents obtained by Hampshire GP, Dr Neil Bhatia under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act reveal plans for Release 2 information (non GP information) to be uploaded to NHS computerised Summary Care Records (SCR). When you attend a hospital, specialist clinic or out-of-hours surgery or clinic, details of your attendance can be uploaded to your Summary Care Record. This is termed “SCR Release 2 information”, and will be uploaded in addition to your GP Summary. The FOI documents reveal that it will be possible for non-GP care settings (such as A & E and outpatient departments) to create a record, not just to add to one created in general practice. The uploading of Release 2 information has not yet begun but the documents raise serious concerns about the levels of consent that are planned for uploading medical records into centralised databases. The best advice is to opt-out now if you don’t want any data uploaded to your SCR. Do not wait until the SCR goes live in your area – it might be too late then as you might have Release 2 information about yourself already uploaded.  

See www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/31241/  Dr Bhatia’s website is at www.neilb.demon.co.uk Links to opt-out forms: www.no2id.net/downloads/SCR_optout_sheet.pdf www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk/options/optoutform.pdf

+ Election Related websites +

You may find the following sites useful before, and after, the election:  

– Democracy Club election.theyworkforyou.com/quiz has quizzed individual candidates about local and national issues. Enter your postcode to read their answers.  

– Unlock Democracy www.votefordemocracy.org.uk/themes.php?t=2 rates parties on their commitment to ‘Protect the Right to Privacy’ (click to reveal rankings).

+ Dogs and the Database State +

As we reported back in Newsletter 133 the main political parties have expressed support for a law to compulsorily microchip all dogs in the UK and place their owners’ details on a national database. With the likelihood that a Bill will be introduced in the next parliament, a new website concerned about the Dog Database State aims to expose the many problems with such a scheme. As the site points out: “A dog database is like an ID card scheme for dogs but with the added sting that it’s an ID scheme for the owners too… it would be the responsibility of the citizen to keep the [dog] database up to date or face penalties.” [Please note that the Dog Database State campaign is unrelated to NO2ID.] See
www.dog-database-state.org.uk/database_state.asp

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What’s next?

*+ Erasing David – Feature Length Documentary + *’
Erasing David’ is an exciting new feature length documentary that explores our personal relationship with the Database State. During May the film will be shown as part of the More4 documentary strand ‘True Stories’, broadcast every Tuesday at 10pm. The film will also at selected cinemas: 8-9th May – Newbury Corn Exchange  24-27th May – Dundee Contemporary Arts See
www.erasingdavid.com

*+ Have your say – National Identity Service Public Panels +*
The UK Identity and Passport Service (UKIPS) is setting up public panels around the country to get the views of members of the public as they build the “National Identity Service”. Public panels will be made up of 11 members, and will meet for half a day up to three times a year. The aim is to “produce an Identity Rights Charter. This will set out the rights and responsibilities people, businesses and the Government have under the NIS”. To join a panel you can fill in the online form at http://www.ips.gov.uk/publicpanel or call 020 3356 8174. More details at
www.ips.gov.uk/cps/rde/xchg/ips_live/hs.xsl/1189.htm

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“ID” in the news

*+ Tax records ‘sold to junk mail firms’ – The Telegraph 1/5/10 +*
Experts fear that HM Revenue & Customs has been hit by another security breach, less than three years after it lost the details of 25 million taxpayers.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/7665782/Tax-records-sold-to-junk-mail-firms.html

*+ Cundy: SCR suspension ‘means nothing’ – e-Health Insider 30/4/10 +*
Dr Paul Cundy has said that the Department of Health’s statement about the suspension of the Summary Care Record in areas where its roll-out has been accelerated “means nothing.”
www.e-health-insider.com/news/5870/cundy:_scr_suspension_%27means_nothing%27

*+ Ex CfH lead says NPfIT has no engagement – e-Health Insider 28/4/10 +*
One of the first clinical leads for the National Programme for IT in the NHS has said that the programme has failed because of a lack of involvement with clinicians from the outset.
www.e-health-insider.com/news/5866/ex_cfh_lead_says_npfit_has_no_engagement

*+ Gissa proper National ID Card – Computer Weekly 27/4/10 +*
One of the biggest flaws in the National ID Scheme’s architecture is its failure to support peer-to-peer authentication in any meaningful way. The government has promoted it as a way to interact with government, UK border controls, proof of age scenarios, and… that’s about it really.
www.computerweekly.com/blogs/the-data-trust-blog/2010/04/gissa-proper-national-id-card.html

*+ UK data watchdog to quiz Google on Streetview Wi-Fi database – The Register 26/4/10 +*
Sharp criticism of Google in Germany has today prompted the UK’s privacy watchdog to quiz the firm over data its Street View cars have collected about Wi-Fi networks. A spokeswoman told The Register the ICO had been unaware the Street View fleet has been recording the MAC addresses and locations of Wi-Fi networks as they photograph national road networks – until its German counterpart launched an attack last week.
www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/26/google_wifi_ico/

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

*+ 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 local.groups@no2id.net to discuss what’s involved and what we have in place to support coordinators and their groups.

_*+ Blackburn +*_

In the last few weeks we’ve had a couple of stalls and two political events. The first was just with Jack Straw and the second with Janice Sharp, Paul English, Bobby Anwar, Michael Law-Riding, Bushra Irfan and Jack Straw. At both events NO2ID members asked very challenging questions around ID and data collection and retention.

*+ 8th May – Blackburn NO2ID Street Stall +*
Saturday 8th May, 2pm outside Blackburn market PO side (unless BNP stall there again).

If you are interested in the work of this group, please join the Blackburn mailing group at lists.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.blackburn

_*Camden/Islington*_

*+ 1st June – Camden/Islington NO2ID Meeting (1st Tuesday of month) +*
Tuesday 1st June, 8.00pm. Camden/Islington meet on the first Tuesday of the month at the Kings Head, 59 Essex Rd, Islington. All welcome.

_**__*+ Canterbury +*_

To stay up to date join the Canterbury NO2ID mailing list on: lists.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.canterbury

_*+ Dorking +*_

*+ 1st June – Dorking NO2ID Monthly Meeting (first Tuesday of month) +*
Monthly get-togethers continue on the first Tuesday of each month at South Street Wine Bar, Dorking at 7.30pm. Otherwise, we are having a month off to review the election result and (cliché alert) survey the new political landscape.

If you would like to help or get involved, contact Geoff Cox (dorking@no2id.net or 01306 631377), or just come along to our monthly get-togethers.

_*+ Dover +*_*

*To stay up to date with Dover NO2ID join our mailing list on: lists.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.dover

_*+ Edinburgh + *

We rarely have big celebrities visiting our Princes Street campaign stall. Well what an enormous surprise we had two weeks ago – for Gordon Brown turned up, and was even prepared to sign the petition. No kidding! I should perhaps add that this was the Gordon Brown from East Renfrewshire and not the one from North Queensferry/Downing Street. However, you never know, perhaps one of these days…

* + 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 (edinburgh@no2id.net), and for more group information see www.no2id-scotland.net/edinburgh/

_*+ Exeter +*_

If you would like to join the Exeter group, please email exeter@no2id.net and say hello! Do also join the Exeter group mailing list at lists.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.exeter **

_*+ Hull & East Riding +*_

If you are interested in the work of this group, or planning on attending the meeting, please join the Hull mailing group here: lists.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.hull

_*+ Glasgow +*_

*+ 1st June – Glasgow NO2ID Monthly Meeting (1st Tuesday of month) +*
Tuesday 1st June, 8pm in Mono, 10 King Street. Glasgow, G1 5QP (directions can be found at www.glasgow-no2id.org.uk/meeting.html). Our monthly meetings are relaxed and informal. If you would like to help plan our campaign, learn more about the issues, or simply chat with like-minded people, please come along.

_*+ Hull and East Riding +*_

*Hull NO2ID on the local BBC!*
The Hull and East Riding NO2ID Group was asked to contribute to the Yorkshire and Humber section of the BBC Politics show for an election special on home affairs. You can catch it on BBC iPlayer until Sunday 9th May 2010. It’s around 1hr 9.38s into the show: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00sbhkl/The_Politics_Show_Yorkshire_and_Lincolnshire_02_05_2010/

*+ 29th May – Hull and East Riding NO2ID Meeting and Street Stall +*
Saturday 29th May, meeting 12 noon, The Mission pub, Posterngate, Hull City Centre followed by Street Stall 1.00 on Jameson Street (outside McDonald’s/Starbucks), Hull City Centre – at this meeting we’ll discuss holding street stalls in other venues in the East Riding over the next few months. Any queries contact hull@no2id.net

_**__*+ Ipswich +*_* *
If you are interested in the work of the Ipswich group, please join their mailing list on: lists.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.ipswich

_*+ Kensington and Chelsea +*_

*Election lows and highs*
We have attended two hustings and put suitable questions to the organisers but frustratingly have not been able to ask them. Disappointingly we were unable to fix up our own hustings at St Charles’s 6th form college. We handed out guinea pig leaflets at one of the hustings and also leafleted at Imperial College which is very stony ground. However in the north of the borough we have had some success leafleting people in their late teens and early 20s and will continue to do so.

_*+ Lancaster +*_

If you are interested in the work of this group, or planning on attending the meeting, please join the Lancaster mailing group at lists.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.lancaster

_*+ Leeds +*_

If you are interested in the work of this group, please join the Leeds mailing group at lists.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.leeds

_*+ Liverpool +*_

If you are interested in the work of this group please join the Liverpool mailing group at lists.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.liverpool or email Jeff the new local coordinator at Liverpool@no2id.net

_*+ Manchester +*_

*+ 8th May – Manchester NO2ID Monthly Meeting +*
Saturday 8th May, 12:30pm-2pm in the Moon Under Water pub on Deansgate. In a change to previous arrangements, Manchester NO2ID will be holding its monthly meeting ahead of the afternoon street stall, in the Moon Under Water pub on Deansgate. We will probably be towards the back of the pub, and possibly upstairs. The pub is just opposite St Ann’s Square where the street stall will occur at 2pm, and serves food. manchester.no2id.net/content/monthly-meeting-may-2010 www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=120601007954037

*+ 8th May – Manchester*
Saturday 8th May, 2pm-4pm in St. Ann’s Square in Manchester (down near the big Marks and Spencer). By the time of our next street stall, we will have had a General Election. No matter who forms the next Government, our fight will continue against the Database State, against the compulsory ID database, for schools safe from intrusive fingerprinting and for an NHS where treatment is not dependent on intrusive databases. Manchester NO2ID will be running a public information stall in St. Ann’s Square in Manchester City Centre; 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! manchester.no2id.net/content/street-stall-may-2010 www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=113308545367479

_*+ Newcastle +*_

If you are interested in the work of this group, please join the Newcastle mailing group at: lists.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.newcastle

**_*+ Norwich +*_ * **+

18th May – Norwich NO2ID Meeting +*
Tuesday 18th May, 7.30-9pm at The Workshop, 53 Earlham Road, NR2 3AD. There may be a few things to talk about, what with the general election and that. They do nice hot chocolates too, so what better reason do you need to come along?

If you are interested in the work of the Norwich group, please join their mailing list on: lists.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.norwich

_*+ Oxford +*_

*+ 13th May – NO2ID Oxford Meeting +*
Thursday 13th May, from 8pm at the Mitre pub on the High Street for a drink and a chat about the election results and future events. Everyone is welcome.

See the website for more info on Oxford NO2ID: no2id-oxford.org.uk/

_*+ Portsmouth +*_

Join the Portsmouth mailing list at lists.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.portsmouth/

_*+ Reading +*_* *

Contact Reading NO2ID on reading@no2id.net or join our web group at groups.yahoo.com/group/Reading-No2ID/

_*+ Sheffield +*_

Please join the mailing list If you haven’t already: lists.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.sheffield

_*+ St Helens & Wigan +*_

Anyone interested in our work should join the St.Helens mailing group at lists.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.st-helens

_*+ Watford +*_* *

Please contact Colin Simmons on watford@no2id.net if you are interested in giving a couple of hours a month to join us.

_*+ York +*_ **

No events currently planned – it’s been a good run up to the election, plenty of good response on the stalls – here’s hoping the scheme will be one of the first post-election cuts.

You can join our Facebook group here: www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/group.php?gid=54041617189&ref=ts

Anyone interested in the work of this group should join the York mailing group at: lists.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.york

Publication details: © NO2ID 2010 – This document may be freely redistributed in one-to-one communications or physical copies as long as it is reproduced in its entirety including this notice. It may not be mass-mailed without the prior permission of NO2ID.

NO2ID, Box 412, 19-21 Crawford Street, LONDON W1H 1PJ

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