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NO2ID Supporters’ Newsletter No. 105 – 28th August 2008

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With party conferences* imminent, the database state is higher than ever on the political agenda – due in no small part to NO2ID and its supporters (YOU!) working hard to raise awareness locally and nationally. But the battle is intensifying.

Autumn 2008 will be particularly busy, with key elements of the database state – including ContactPoint (a register of all children and their parents), eBorders (collecting information about the movements of everyone) and the Communications Data Bill (phone, e-mail and internet snooping) – poised to roll forward. The Home Office will start issuing ‘ID cards’ to non-EEA foreign nationals by the end of the year, with airside workers not far behind.

There’s a huge amount still to do, which is why we’re extremely pleased to be able to announce a new matched funding initiative.

From 1st September 2008, the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd has generously agreed to match, pound for pound, any *new* income that NO2ID receives. Which means that for every pound you give from 1st September NO2ID will receive TWO pounds to spend campaigning against the ID scheme and database state.

Please send your donation by cheque to our office (please mark your envelope ‘JRRT’):

The NO2ID Campaign
Box 412
19-21 Crawford Street
London W1H 1PJ

Or you can donate by credit card or via PayPal using the ‘Donate’ button on our website, (left hand column)

Double your money offers like this don’t come along very often so please, dig deep – encourage your friends, family and colleagues to make a donation. With your help we can stop this.

* A big thank-you to everyone who volunteered to help out at NO2ID’s various events at the party conferences.

What’s next?

*+ Correction – Scottish National Party conference +*
**The Scottish National Party conference is actually 16-19th October, not September as listed in the last newsletter.

+ Consultation on Data Retention Directive +*
The government has launched a consultation on the Electronic Communications Data Retention (EC Directive) Regulations. Responses should be sent by 31st October by e-mail to or by post to Andrew Knight, Home Office, 5th Floor, Peel Building, 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF.

*+ 8th September --- NO2ID at TUC Congress +*
Monday, 8th September at the Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1YD. NO2ID will be holding a fringe meeting to discuss the imminent impact of the ID scheme and what can be done about it. Chair: Christina Zaba, NO2ID Union Liaison. Speakers: TBC. Doors open at
6:30pm for a 7:00pm start.


We now have local groups in 44 of the 69 proposed locations for interrogation centres – of which just 3 have yet to open. Parliamentary answers indicate that the most active centres are: Belfast, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Newport, Peterborough and Sheffield.

For information on your nearest interrogation centre, see If you can help set up a local group in one of the remaining locations, or anywhere else in the UK, please contact Matty on

_*+ Bradford + *_

Bradford NO2ID have been canvassing their city councillors to see who opposes ID cards – so far they have had only 25 responses out of 90, having requested the information twice. If you live in Bradford and fancy sending your councillor a quick email or letter to prompt them then please contact and see if your councillor has responded.

*+ 30th August – Bradford NO2ID Street Stall +*
Saturday, 30th August meeting in the city centre outside Zavi from 12pm.
Bradford NO2ID are following up their succesful first stall with another, email if you can lend a hand.

*+ 10th September – Bradford NO2ID Meeting (2nd Wednesday of the month) +*
Every second Wednesday of the month 6:30pm at Bradford Resource Centre,
17-21 Chapel Street, Bradford, BD1 5DT.

_*+ Bristol +*_

*+ 3rd September – Bristol NO2ID meeting +*
Wednesday, 3rd September at Tinto Lounge on Cotham Hill from 7 – 8pm.
Come and meet your friendly local campaigners.

_*+ Cambridge +*_

*+ 3rd – September NO2ID pub meeting (1st Wednesday of each month) +*
Wednesday, 3rd September 7.30pm at the Salisbury Arms, 76 Tenison Rd,
Cambridge CB1 2DW ( For more details contact, or text/call Andrew on 07710 469624.

*+ 13th September – NO2ID Cambridge Stall +*
Saturday, 13th September at 10am in the usual spot outside Cambridge Guildhall. Location Map: As ever, volunteers to help very welcome – please email, or text/call Andrew on 07710 469624 if you can make it.

*+ 12th October – “Taking Liberties” +*
Sunday, 12th October 8pm at 22 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BQ. Doors open 7:30pm. Cambridge NO2ID and the Cafe Project are co-hosting a free showing of the acclaimed documentary “Taking Liberties”. For more information on the film see

_*+ Camden and Islington +*_

*+ 1st September – Camden and Islington NO2ID Meeting +*
Monday, 1st September at 8pm. We’ll be at our new(ish) venue, The Castle, 54 Pentonville Road, London. We’ll try and sit at the big table on the top level at the back of the pub – if not, just look for the table with the NO2ID flyers. Nearest tube is either Angel or Kings Cross.

*+ 6th September – Stall in Hackney +*
Next stall is at the St Barnabas Fete in Mile End (together with the Hackney Group) on Saturday September 6th from 10am till 7pm. Help always

Contact Matty on if you’d like to join in with any activity or join the emailing list on

_*+ Cromer +*_

*+ 1st September – Cromer NO2ID Meeting (1st Monday of each month) +*
Monday, 1st September at 7:30pm, at The White Horse Inn, West Street, Cromer.

_*+ Dorking +*_

*+ 2nd September – Dorking NO2ID Meeting (1st Tuesday of Month) +*
Tuesday, 2nd September at 7.30pm at the Lincoln Arms.

*+ 6th, 13th, 20th September – Dorking NO2ID Street Stall +*
Saturday 6th, 13th, 20th September – 3 street stalls in 3 weeks to maximise publicity of our “Question Time” public meeting.

*+ 25th September – “Question Time” Public Meeting +*
Thursday, 25th September at 8.00pm at the Christian Centre, St Martin’s Church, Dorking. Local NO2ID’ers please come along to this event and make yourself known…bring a friend.

_*+ Dover +*_

*+ 30th August – NO2ID Dover Street Stall +*
Saturday, 30th August, from approx. 10am for at least a couple of hours (weather permitting) at the top of Biggin Street precinct (by Prince Albert pub)/in front of war memorial and Town Council office, near Town Hall. As much help from supporters as possible welcome.

*+ 30th August – NO2ID Gig Night (Live Music and NO2ID information) +*
Saturday, 30th August at The Whole Earth Café, The Old High Street, Folkestone. The café will be open to the public with food and drink on sale. Help from supporters welcome. The lead act band will be “The Mercurials”.

_*+ Edinburgh +*_

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 and for more group information see

_*+ Epsom +*_

**Epsom Group is newly formed and we still need a few more members and someone who could act as local coordinator. Next meeting tba.

*+ 6th September – NO2ID Epsom Street Stall +*
Saturday, 6th September between the Clocktower and the crossroads in the centre of town. With thanks to Dorking Group who are lending us their street stall kit. If you are a local member and haven’t got in touch, please come along and introduce yourself at the stall or contact or Geoff on 01306 631377.

_*+ Glasgow +*_

*Most Saturdays 2pm – NO2ID Glasgow street stall*
Most Saturdays there are stalls in Glasgow city centre (usually Buchanan Street) from about 2pm. Volunteers are always welcome, please contact
Geraint if you would like to help:

*+ 2nd September – Glasgow NO2ID Meeting +*
Tuesday, 2nd September at 8pm in Mono, Kings St. Glasgow G1 5RB

_*+ Hackney + *_

*+ 3rd September – Hackney NO2ID Meeting +*
Wednesday, 3rd September 7pm at Pembury Tavern (junction of Amhurst Road
/Dalston Lane / Pembury Road, E8). Through regular data losses, the Government is trying very hard to scupper its own IT projects. Come and discuss what you’d like to do in Hackney to help them along by defeating the ID scheme.

_*+ Kensington & Chelsea +*_

*+ 17th to 20th September 2008 – NO2ID Kensington & Chelsea Stall +*
Wednesday, 17th September to Saturday, 20th September Kensington and Chelsea NO2ID will have a stall at the Westbourne Grove Church, London W11 as part of the Life and Liberty Exhibition with film shows and speakers including Guy Herbert. For more details see ( We will be selling mugs as well as handing out leaflets and asking for signatures. If any one would like to help please contact Jill Manasseh.

_*+ Leeds +*_

*+ 4th September – Leeds NO2ID Meeting +*
Thursday, 4th September at Leeds University Union, email for more details.

_*+ Leicester +*_*

***During our recent leafletting we met someone who was given one of a set of pilot ID cards which were trialled in Leicester some 3 or 4 years ago. You will all doubtless be amused to know that, according to this chap, whenever it was scanned the iris print feature of his card kept identifying him as a young woman living in London… plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose. Does anyone else have info on this kind of pilot project, or is this card of any interest to anyone?

***+ 30th August – Leicester NO2ID Street Stall +*
Saturday, 30th August from 1pm by the Clock Tower at Gallow Tree Gate.
Anyone able to help out should email Jon or Avtar on If you’re not able to attend but are interested in the work of Leicester NO2ID, please join the mailing list at:

_*+ Manchester +*_

Manchester NO2ID has a very busy September coming up; you can check full details at
For updates and discussion, join the Manchester NO2ID mailing list at

*+ 13th September – Manchester NO2ID Street Stall +*
Saturday, 13th September 2pm-4pm in St. Ann’s Square to raise awareness among the public and engage people in discussion about the National Identity Register. This is the last street stall before the Labour Party Conference and our Public Meeting, so an extra big presence is needed to inform as many people as possible. Just turn up in the square at the start time and look for the NO2ID stall.

*+ 17th September – Manchester NO2ID Meeting +*
Wednesday, 17th September from 7pm-9pm in the Town Hall Tavern, Tib Lane, Manchester . Sadly this venue is not wheelchair-accessible; please contact us on if you have accessibility needs. This is our last meeting before the Labour Party Conference.

*+ 20th September – “Defend Civil Liberties” March +*
On Saturday 20th, Greater Manchester Stop The War Coalition is leading a march through Manchester as the Labour Party Conference opens, on three themes, one of which is “Defend Civil Liberties”. If you’re interested in joining a NO2ID bloc on the march please contact us on – if we can get a dozen people marching under a NO2ID banner it’d look good.

*+ 20th September – Round table gathering against Database State +*
Saturday 20th, 4:30pm-6:30pm, at the Friends Meeting House, Mount Street (behind Central Library). As part of the Convention of the Left, NO2ID, Defy-ID and friends present a round-table gathering of organisations opposed to ID cards and the Database State to share information, develop tactics and network. With NO2ID local groups co-ordinator Matty Mitford, and northwest regional co-ordinator Dave Page.

*+ 22nd-24th September – Manchester Students Against ID at Freshers Fair +*
22nd-24th September, Manchester Students Against ID will be getting off to a strong start at Fresher’s Fair, talking about the dangers of the National Identity Register to new students. We need volunteers for our stall – if you can spare a few hours to smile and hand out leaflets and badges, please sign up at

*+ 22nd – 24th September – Manchester NO2ID at the Labour Party Conference +*
22nd-24th September, Manchester NO2ID will be flyering conference delegates at the main security gate outside the Midland Hotel from 9am to 10am. If you can spare a bit of time before work, please drop by and grab a handful of flyers. Nearest Metrolink is St. Peter’s Square; nearest train station is Oxford Road.

*+ 22nd September – NO2ID Labour Conference Fringe Debate +*
Monday 22nd September from 1pm-2pm at the Midland Hotel, Manchester. National NO2ID co-ordinator Phil Booth will be at the official fringe debate “National ID Cards – will they prevent underage sales?”

*+ 23rd September – Manchester Public Meeting +*
Tuesday 23rd September 7pm at the Reynolds Building, Sackville Street Campus, University of Manchester. Manchester NO2ID and the Manchester branch of the British Computer Society present “Privacy and Security in the Database State”, a public meeting. All welcome. Speakers include national NO2ID co-ordinator Phil Booth.

_*+ Mold +*_

*+ 8th September – 1st NO2ID Mold Meeting (1st Monday of every month after that)+ *
Monday, 8th September at Y Delyn Wine Bar, King Street, Mold, CH7 1LA.
Contact Sophie McKeand on or join the mailing list at:

_*+ Selby +*_

*Selby’s NO2ID song still going strong*
The 2 postings of Selby’s NO2ID song now have over 2,600 youtube viewings. Anyone interested can view at – please pass along, it’s had good responses up to now.

*+ 6th September – Selby NO2ID Street Stall, York +*
Saturday, 6th September 10.30am, meet Parliament Street.

*+ 13th September – Selby NO2ID Street Stall, Pontefract +*
Saturday, 13th September – time & place to be confirmed.

*+ 16th September – Selby NO2ID Meeting +*
Tuesday, 16th September 8pm at the Blue Bell, Monk Fryston.

_*+ Southampton +*_
*+ 3rd September – Southampton NO2ID Meeting (1st Wednesday of the month) +*
Wednesday 3rd September 8pm at the Dolphin pub, Osborne Road South,
Southampton (next to St Denys train station). All are welcome.

_*+ Tonbridge & Tunbridge Wells+ *_

Stalls continue frequently in Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge. If you want to have a taster of debating on the street alongside the more battle-hardened members do drop us a line at and we’ll be delighted to find you a place on the rota. It’s good fun and rewarding to see passers by reactions as they learn the facts.

*+ 30th September – Street Stall Tunbridge Wells +*
Saturday, 30th September in Tunbridge Wells on the pedestrian precinct. If you want to just meet some of the NO2ID crowd drop by and say hello– you certainly don’t have to take part in the stall if it’s not your thing.

*+ 16th October – “The Database State” debate +*
Thursday, 16th October at The Skinners’ School in Tunbridge Wells. This is an open public debate between students of TWGGS and Skinners, at which invited “witnesses” (so far – Phil Booth and Daniel Zeichner) will be questioned by the students under the chairmanship of Greg Clark MP. We thank The Right Hon Meg Hillier and her secretaries for actively considering for the past 6 weeks our invitation to her to participate; we hope very much that she will feel up to the challenge of an open, public and independent debate on her portfolio topic and government policy. Watch this space.

_*+ Watford +*_

*+ 2nd September – Watford NO2ID 1st Meeting +*
Tuesday, 2nd September 7.15pm at the Estcourt Tavern pub, Estcourt Rd, WD1 2PY (parallel to Clarendon Rd, just up from Watford Junction rail station). Everyone is welcome, newcomer or not, curious or committed. Please bring a friend. For further details feel free to contact Emma Simmons on ( If you’re unable to attend, but are interested in the activity of the group, please join the local mailing list on:

What just happened?

+ Border Agency Plan reveals latest ID scheme details +

Last week the UK Border Agency published a new Action Plan entitled ‘A Strong New Force at the Border’. The document lays out the government’s vision of “securing the border”. Part of this plan is the introduction of ID cards for foreign nationals. The plan states that by 2011 “30% of resident foreign nationals [will] have an ID card”, and furthermore that also in 2011 students and young people will be “given the opportunity to get identity cards”. The document also hints at the ability to revoke‘privileges’ of those enrolled in the ID scheme: “We will issue ID cards to foreign nationals to help deny the privileges of Britain to those who break the rules”. What is clear is that the powers that the Border Agency claim will “secure our border” are in reality about the mass-surveillance of travellers, and the data collected will be shared with other agencies and governments.
Read the report at

+ Calls for Data Sharing disguised as census bashing +

The New Local Government Network (NLGN) has produced a report “Local Counts – The future of the census”. At first the report looks like a straightforward criticism of the cost of the census: “£500 million of public money could be wasted on the next census,” says the NLGN. However the solution they put forward is more databases and data-sharing. The NLGN is wrong to suggest that the census be replaced by information sharing and use of more government databases to compile census-like information. No replacement is required. Millions would be saved, and privacy protected far better, if the government just used some simple sampling research.

+ The malign power of platitudes +

Whenever doubts about nationwide computerised health records or DNA banks or ID cards or biometric passports come up, someone will smugly say: “If you’ve done nothing wrong you’ve nothing to worry about.” Read more at

“ID” in the news

*+ Selling addresses from electoral roll to junk mail companies harming democracy – The Times 26/8/08 +*
Junk mail companies should not be allowed to buy names and addresses from the electoral register, polling officers believe.

*+ Child protection database ‘will be used to prosecute young people’ –
The Telegraph 26/8/08 +*
A flagship database intended to protect every child in the country will be used by police to hunt for evidence of crime in a “shocking” extension of its original purpose, The Daily Telegraph has learned.

*+ Police hunting criminals will have access to child database – The Times 26/8/08 +*
Police are to be given access to the Government’s new children’s database, which is designed to protect every child in England from the risk of harm or abuse, in order to search for evidence of criminal activity.

*+ Consultants who lost data are working on ID cards – The Independent
23/8/08 +*
The Home Office contractor which lost a computer memory stick containing the details of 84,000 prisoners is at the heart of developing the Government’s controversial compulsory identity cards system.

*+ Prisoner data breach firm paid £100m – 22/8/08 +*
The management consultancy firm at the centre of the latest government data breach storm has been paid almost £100m over three years for its services by the Home Office and its agencies, with individual consultants from the company being charged to the department at an average of more than £1,000 per day,3800010403,39274258,00.htm

*+ Most youth ID cards delayed until 2011 – Kable 20/8/08 +*
The Home Office will wait until 2011 to issue the ‘vast majority’ of identity cards to students and young people. The National Identity Scheme Delivery Plan, issued by the Home Office in March, said: “We will offer identity cards to young people in 2010 to assist them in proving their identity as they, for example, open their first bank account, take out a student loan or start employment.”

*+ Personal details of 4 million lost by Whitehall in just one year –
The Telegraph 20/8/08 +*
Sensitive data for more than four million people was lost by Government departments in the past year, on top of the high profile loss of child benefit records.

*+ ID card ‘propaganda’ backfires as students revolt – The Times 18/8/08 +*
Trust Britain’s youth to be characteristically ungrateful. The Government goes to all the effort of making a website for 16 to 25- year-olds to express their views on identity cards, and all they get in return is a solid mixture of scorn, sneering and scepticism smattered across their fancy new forums.

*+ ID card scheme could be blighted by bad fingerprints – The Telegraph
15/8/08 +*
Home Office ministers have been told that it is “hard to obtain good quality fingerprints” from people over the age of 75, because the ridges on the pads of their fingers are not well defined enough to be read by an automatic scanner. This means the integrity of the national identity scheme, which depends on ten prints being collected from everyone in Britain over 16, may be compromised.

*+ NHS database awaits legal diagnosis – The First Post 12/8/08 +*
Government IT projects have a pretty poor reputation. They turn up late, cost twice as much as you expect, and don’t work when they arrive. But the NHS looks set to go one better. Legal experts are warning that its£6bn database could actually breach your human rights.,opinion,recent-eu-court-

*+ The dirty secret of your NHS – Daily Mail 24/7/08 +*
Under the pretence of recycling, NHS computers have been dumped in Ghana, where their hard drives are mined of your confidential data by criminal gangs… while children die melting down the highly toxic empty shells.

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