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+ STOP PRESS – apologies for the late delivery of this newsletter, due to temporary technical difficulties. We shall resume our regular fortnightly schedule.
+ AN OPPORTUNITY TO HALT THE ID SCHEME +
There have been rumours that the new Home Secretary Alan Johnson is “reviewing the ID card” programme. They have been denied, but there is undoubtedly a change of heart among many back bench Labour MPs. In the last three months several new ones have said openly – against party policy – that the project should be cancelled.
Now they have a chance to show they are serious. There is a chance to halt it, at least temporarily. A delay at this stage should go a long way to killing the scheme.
The Identity Cards Act 2006 was never a complete system. It left vast amounts about the card, and the database, enrolment and enforcement, to be determined in regulations. The first batch of those regulations has appeared and MPs will be able to vote against them at a debate scheduled for July. Together they are far longer than the act itself, and there are numerous points of revealing detail and sheer bad drafting which give scope for legal and political attack. If the regulations are not approved by parliament the whole scheme will be stalled.
Please write to your MP now, *particularly if you have a Labour MP* and ask them to vote against the new statutory instruments that would allow the ID scheme to begin.
It is easy to contact your MP via
Those key regulations are:
The Identity Cards Act 2006 (Application and Issue of ID Card and Notification of Changes) Regulations 2009
The Identity Cards Act 2006 (Prescribed Information) Regulations 2009
The Identity Cards Act 2006 (Designation) Order 2009
The Identity Cards Act 2006 (Fees) Regulations 2009
The Identity Cards Act 2006 (Information and Code of Practice on Penalties) Order 2009
The Identity Cards Act 2006 (Provision of Information without Consent) Regulations 2009
The Immigration (Biometric Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2009
+ What just happened? +
+ Sheffield City Council passes anti ID and database state motion +
Sheffield City Council has voted to reaffirm its existing motion against ID cards. The new motion specifically criticises the Manchester ID card trials and ensures that Sheffield City Council will not take part in any similar motion. The motion also criticises ID scanning at clubs and pubs, fingerprinting in schools and Automatic Number Place Recognition (ANPR) systems. Councillor Paul Scriven said: “Labour’s plans to force the ID card on us is a waste of money and it won’t stop crime or terrorism”. The former Home Secretary and grandfather of the ID scheme David Blunkett is the MP for Sheffield, Brightside. More at
+ Constitution Committee responds to government’s response +
The House of Lords Constitution Committee has published an analysis of the government’s response to the committee’s ‘Surveillance: Citizens and the State’ report. The document states: “We regret that the Government have not agreed to a number of important recommendations which sought to assist the executive in promoting the responsible and proper use of data processing, including data sharing, together with other modes of surveillance”. See
+ Chinese ID database controversy +
As we reported in Newsletter 42 (’China: Name for baby? Check out national database’) China has been working on regulations with regards to acceptable names because they are switching from hand written paper ID cards to an electronic system linked to a database. The Kang Hsi Dictionary lists 50,000 chinese characters but the state’s database can apparently only handle 32,252 characters. The government is finally set to publish a list of acceptable simplified characters than can be used for names. They deny rumours that the list will contain just 8,000 characters. The naming rules were due to be released in 2005 but have been delayed by 70 revisions!
+ EU Stockholm programme and the Database State +
According to Statewatch: “The ‘Stockholm Programme’, the next 5-year plan for Justice and Home Affairs, is expected to be adopted in autumn 2009". Tony Bunyan, Statewatch editor, points out that the Stockholm programme contains: “An ‘information system architecture’ to bring about the sharing of all data across the EU. The use of ‘security technologies’ to harness the ‘digital tsunami’ to gather through mass surveillance personal data on peoples’ everyday activities through public-private partnerships.” Bunyan goes on to warn that: “What is new is the clear aim of creating the surveillance society and the database state”. The European Civil Liberties Network (ECLN) has published a statement calling on civil society groups and individuals to voice their opinions on the programme. See
+ What’s next?
*+ Communications Data consultation +*
*+ DNA Database consultation +*
+ LOCAL GROUPS NEWS +
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_*+ Alexandra Palace +*_
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_*+ Birmingham +*_
*+ 30th June – Birmingham NO2ID Meeting (last Tuesday of month) +*
_*+ Cambridge +*_
On 6th June Cambridge NO2ID ran a successful stall at the town’s annual Strawberry Fair. The Cambridge MP and other local politicians dropped by for a chat, and over 300 Fair-goers signed the NO2ID petition. Many thanks to all who volunteered. Photos (courtesy of Chris Schmidt of track5) are here:
*+ 11th July – Cambridge NO2ID Street Stall +*
_*+ Camden and Islington +*_
Camden & Islington NO2ID meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 8pm at The The Kings Head, 59 Essex Road, Islington, N1 2SF. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org or join the mailing list at: (www.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.camden).
_*+ Daventry +*_
*+ 4th July – Daventry NO2ID Street Stall +*
*+ 8th July – Daventry NO2ID Meeting (2nd Weds of month) +*
_*+ Dorking +*_
We get together every first Tuesday of the month at the Lincoln Arms, near Dorking mainline station at 7.30pm. On the agenda this month and next will be new street stalls and a discussion on the public meeting in Ewell 9th September. On the panel will be Justice Minister Michael Wills, Conservative Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling, Phil Booth plus a LibDem and possible one other. Don’t miss it.
_*+ Dover +*_
*+ 4th July – Dover NO2ID Street Stall, Deal +*
_*+ Edinburgh +*_
*+ 30th June – NO2ID Edinburgh Meeting +*
*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 (email@example.com), and for more group information see
_*+ Epsom +*_
If you want to get in touch, why not come along to the Dorking Group get togethers every first Tuesday of the month at the Lincoln Arms, near Dorking mainline station at 7.30pm. On the agenda this month will be new street stalls and a discussion on the public meeting in Ewell 9th September. On the panel will be Justice Minister Michael Wills, Conservative Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling, Phil Booth plus a LibDem and possible one other. Don’t miss it.
If anyone wants to get involved in the Epsom area, please email or phone NO2ID South East Regional Coordinator Geoff Cox on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01306 631377.
_*+ Glasgow +*_
****Glasgow NO2ID meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 8pm in Mono. All welcome. Please contact Geraint for further details: email@example.com
_*+ Hammersmith & Fulham +
*+ 22nd July – ‘The Surveillance Society’ evening +*
_*+ Ipswich +*_
*Calling Ipswich supporters* Last month Cambridge and Norwich NO2ID groups joined forces to run a very successful street stall in Ipswich town centre, garnering over 130 new NO2ID supporters. We’d like to build on this success to re-establish an Ipswich local group. If you live near Ipswich and would be interested in participating in a local group there, please contact Andrew Watson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Matty Mitford (email@example.com).
_*+ Kingston-Upon-Thames +*_
*+ 4th July – Kingston NO2ID Meeting +*
_*+ Manchester +*_
*+ 11th July – Manchester NO2ID Street Stall +*
*+ 15th July – Manchester NO2ID Meeting +*
_*+ Newport + *_ If you are interested in the work of the Newport group, please join their mailing list on:
* *_*+ Norwich +*_
*+ 11th July – Street Stall and Lord Mayor’s Procession Fancy Dress Identity Parade +*
*+ 14th July – Norwich NO2ID Group Meeting With Special Guest Speaker +*
*+ Date TBC – Norwich North By-Election ‘What A Flipping Liberty’ Debate +*
If you are interested in the work of the Norwich group, please join their mailing list on:
_*+ Oxford +*_
*+ 2nd July – Oxford NO2ID Meeting +*
See the website for more:
_*+ Southampton +*_
Southampton NO2ID holds a regular monthly meeting and plotting session on the first Wednesday of the month at 8:00pm in the Dolphin Pub next to St Denys railway station
*Southampton NO2ID Street Stalls* We are keen to move the stall to different locations in and around Southampton. If you would like to have a stall near you, then please get in touch with the group via firstname.lastname@example.org.
_*+ Worcester +*_
*+ 14th July – Worcester NO2ID Meeting (2nd Wednesday of month)+*
Wednesday, 14th July 8pm at The Portobello Inn, St Johns, Worcester (map available from our website @
+ “ID” in the news
*+ Tories warn firms off ID scheme – BBC News Online 17/6/09 +*
*+ Keep data collection to a minimum, warns ICO – Computer Weekly 17/6/09 +*
* + Law lord lashes out at ID cards – The Register 16/6/09 +*
*+ Home Office denies ID cards review – Kable 15/6/09 +*
*+ And the £400m biometric passport contract goes to…? – silicon 12/6/09 +*
*+ CfH jigsaw still ‘missing pieces’ – e-Health Insider 11/6/09 +*
*+ Ex-government CIO favours publishing Gateway reviews – Computer Weekly 10/6/09 +*
*+ Father bans school from fingerprinting daughter – Oxford Mail 6/6/09 +*
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