NO2ID Supporters’ Newsletter No. 158 – 23rd September 2010: Identity Documents Bill passes 3rd Reading

26 September, 2010


Challenging the authoritarian thinking behind the ID scheme was always going to be much tougher than defeating ID cards. Repealing the Identity Cards Act is essential, but has not killed the database state. We are still seeing ‘new’ bureaucratic project that simply re-package the same mass-surveillance concepts.

Just this week, there was publicity about an academic research project, “INDECT”, that proposes the “continuous and automatic monitoring” of public resources – web sites, discussion forums, peer-to-peer networks and even individual computers. It has obtained an EU grant.

Quite separately, discussions have begun on the Cabinet Office’s latest wheeze: a ‘National Identity Assurance Service’. Sound familiar? No mention of ID cards or a National Identity Register, but ideas are being sought from some of the same companies and agencies that would have built the ID scheme.

ID cards may soon be dead, but the Home Office continues to develop its central register of fingerprints (the ‘National Biometric Information Service’) using foreign residents as guinea-pigs. Internationally, centrally, locally – the skeleton of the database state is still being patched together.

Stopping the database state means changing a governmental culture and putting individuals themselves in control of what is private.

We should feel proud of what we’ve achieved, but NO2ID’s work is far from done.

It is more important than ever to establish a widely accepted understanding of privacy for the 21st century – and get it properly protected in law. That is the second phase of the fight against the database state.

What just happened?

+ Identity Documents Bill passes 3rd Reading +

On Wednesday 15th September the Identity Documents Bill (the bill to repeal the Identity Cards Act) passed its 3rd Reading following its Report stage in the House of Commons. The bill passed with only very minor amendments which did not address the major concerns laid out by NO2ID. The bill now moves to the House of Lords where it is hoped that peers will introduce some more meaningful amendments. Watch the debate at NO2ID’s 2nd Reading briefing is at

+ Study looks at ID card arguments 1945-52 +

A study by Dominic Small entitled ‘British Identity Cards: Arguments For and Against their Retention and Use 1945-1952’ looks at the wartime ID cards in the UK following the end of the war until their abolition. The aim of the study is to “analyse the arguments presented by the ruling Labour party for the retention of the cards and the arguments of the Liberal and Conservative opposition to the card”. The study concludes: “To allow the state and the police access to an identity card is to fundamentally change the relationship the citizen has with the state. It makes the citizen subservient to the arbitrary control of the state and grants the state total access to personal data on the individual”. See

+ Individual Voter Registration Announcement +

On Wednesday 15th September Cabinet Office minister Mark Harper MP made a statement in the House of Commons outlining plans for individual voter registration across the UK. Harper told MPs: “At present, there is no requirement for people to provide any evidence of their identity to register to vote, which leaves the system vulnerable to fraud.” He went on to spell out the proposed system: “Individual registration will require each person to register themselves and to provide personal identifiers – date of birth, signature and national insurance number – which will allow registration officers to cross-check the information provided before a person is added to the register, which should tackle the problem of fraudulent or ineligible registrations.” Northern Ireland moved away from the system of household registration to individual voter registration in 2002 also introducing an optional Electoral Identity Card (EIC). A 2004 Northern Ireland Affairs Committee report on individual voter registration states: “Under the provisions of the 2002 Act, voters are able to cast their vote only once they have produced photographic ID. The forms of ID accepted are valid UK and EU passports, photographic senior SmartPasses, a valid photographic UK driving license, or an Electoral Identity Card (EIC)”.

Read the full statement at Read Northern Ireland Affairs Committee report at Details of the Northern Ireland EIC are at

What’s next?

++ *Notice of Annual General Meeting* ++

*+ 23rd October – NO2ID Annual General Meeting +*
The NO2ID Annual General Meeting 2010 will take place at 12 noon on Saturday 23rd October 2010, at 55 Tufton Street, LONDON SW1P 3QL (these are the premises that now house NO2ID’s administrative offices.) All paid up members of the Association and full affiliates are entitled to attend and vote. This notice is being sent to all members and previous members for whom we have a current address. For the purpose of the meeting the membership roll will be taken at midday on Friday 8th October 2010, so if your membership/affiliation has lapsed or will lapse by the date of the AGM please renew before that date (early renewals will be counted as extensions of your present membership). Written nominations for the Advisory Board, the governing body of the Association, should be proposed and seconded by members in good standing and sent to The Secretary, NO2ID , Box 412, 19/21 Crawford Street LONDON W1H 1PJ to arrive before close of business on Friday 8th October 2010. In order that the business of the meeting may be better conducted we would appreciate it if any motions for consideration of the meeting were presented in writing in advance of the meeting, but there is no obligation so to do. * **+ Date to be confirmed – Identity Documents Bill 1st Reading House of Lords +* The Identity Documents Bill has now completed its passage through the House of Commons and will next move on to the House of Lords. Follow the bill’s progress at

“ID” in the news

*+ Scotland plans Key Information Summary – eHealth Insider 23/10/10 +*
NHS National Services Scotland has announced it will develop a Key Information Summary that will be fully integrated with its Emergency Palliative Care Summary record.

*+ ‘They asked me where Bin Laden was, then they took my DNA’ – The Independent 21/9/10 +*
Fears of racial profiling after rise in number of British Muslims held by border officials

*+ Parliament rejects ID card passport discounts – Kable 17/9/10 +*
The House of Commons voted 302 to 189 against an amending clause to the identity documents bill, which would have given those holding cards £30 off the price of their next passport. It also voted against a clause which would have transferred data from the National Identity Register to the passport database.

*+ Call to allow ‘dual-gender people’ to keep ID cards – The Scotsman 16/9/10 +*
British citizens who wish to live as both a man and a woman should be able to keep their identity cards or be allowed two passports.

*+ ID card compensation ruled out as MPs approve abolition – BBC News 15/9/10 +*
Labour have failed in an eleventh-hour attempt to get compensation for people who bought ID cards as MPs approved legislation to scrap them.

*+ IBM sees £50m sliced from fingerprinting deal – The Register 13/9/10 +*
Immigration Minister Damian Green has said the government will save £50m by renegotiating a contract previously linked to identity cards.

(Please send me any items of interest you encounter – Editor( )


To see if there’s a group in your area check our list at Or, if you’re interested in starting a group yourself, please contact James on to discuss what’s involved and what we have in place to support coordinators and their groups.

*+ NO2ID goes on tour with Erasing David +*
Groups across the country are helping to facilitate a nationwide tour of Erasing David — a documentary about privacy, surveillance and the database state. Phil Booth, our National co-ordinator is hitting the road with David Bond the film maker and producer Ashley Jones to help raise awareness of the victims of the Database State that lie behind the headlines of privacy abuses. Tour Locations: University of East Anglia, 11th November, Time TBC Manchester Glasgow

*+ ‘Erasing David’ screenings +*
The producers of Erasing David are offering NO2ID groups and supporters the chance to hold screenings of your own *before* the retail launch of the DVD. If you would like to host a screening for your group, film society, club, University, School, Colleague or anywhere else If you, or a supportive organisation for which you work or volunteer, would like to show the film to an audience in a club, community centre, school or elsewhere then you can get a (paid) license to do so from the Good Screenings website: Please email our local groups co-ordinator James Elsdon-Baker on for more information and to discuss putting on a screening.

_*+ Cambridge +*_

The Cambridge group is planning a celebration when the bill abolishing the ID Cards scheme is actually passed. This now seems likely to be in October or November. Watch this space for details …

_*+ Camden & Islington +*_

We meet at 8pm on the first Tuesday of each month to plan our work for the rest of the month.

For more info email or join the mailing list at: (

_*+ Dorking +*_

If you would like to help or get involved with the Dorking group, contact Geoff Cox ( or 01306 631377).

_*+ Edinburgh + *_******* **+

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 (, and for more group information see

_*+ Manchester +*_

For information on Manchester NO2ID see or contact Dave Page on or 07722 615 398.

**_*+ Norwich +*_

If you are interested in the work of the Norwich group, please join their mailing list on:

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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