++ NO2ID Supporters' Newsletter No. 159 - 11th October 2010 ++
+ DOUBLE BILL +
As the rest of the Newsletter shows, the database state is still far from dead. But the fight against it needs a new strategy to deal with the new situation. We have been taking advantage of the honeymoon period of the coalition to try and formulate the way forward, and are starting to produce new leaflets and materials to explain to the general public why our fight is not over. There are two events coming up in this "relaunch".
If you are a member of NO2ID the ideal time to hear about our plans for the future is the Annual General Meeting on Saturday 23rd October in Westminster. You may have heard rumours about how we are trying to reorganise for the battle ahead. The AGM is where you can find out the facts in detail. If you think you are a member but have not had formal notice, please contact the office to check (020 7340 6077 or email@example.com
Secondly, on the evening of the AGM we will be holding a party to celebrate our real success in getting the Identity Cards Act 2006 repealed. All newsletter readers, members and friends of the campaign are invited, as will be many of the people who have helped us over the years. Doors open at 7:30pm, with a bar and music until midnight. There will be a short comedy cabaret from 8:30pm and Phil or Guy may say a few words, but there will be no long political speeches.
The venue is: The Adelaide, 143 Adelaide Road, Primrose Hill, London NW3 3NL
Space is limited, so RSVP using http://no2idrepealparty.eventbrite.com/
if you can.
*ADVISORY BOARD ELECTIONS*
The Advisory Board is an elected body that appoints the National Coordinator of NO2ID. Voting takes place at the AGM. Nominations have now closed and there are 7 candidates for 5 places. (* = incumbent)
* Debby Chay (prop. Mark Littlewood, sec. Andy Robson)
* James Cronin (Mark Dziecielewski, Guy Herbert)
* Mark Dziecielewski (Adam MacGregor, Guy Herbert)
David Mery (Adrian Whyte; Jon Ribbens)
Matty Mitford (James Elsdon-Baker; Stephanie Munro)
* Andy Robson (Mark Littlewood, Owen Blacker)
Andrew Watson (Colin Rosenstiel; Chris Howell)
What just happened?
+ Institute of Contemporary Scotland looks at Database State in Scotland +
The Scottish Review, published by the Institute of Contemporary Scotland (ICS), has published a series of articles looking at 'Big Brother Scotland'. The articles look at GIRFEC ('Getting It Right For Every Child') which is now being piloted in five Scottish local authorities before it is rolled out across the country. The first article points out: "To get at the full story about GIRFEC, it is necessary to access an obscure document issued in 2008 by the 'Transformational Technologies Division' of the Scottish government. This emphatically disposes of the theory assiduously put about by the Scottish government and its friends in the media that GIRFEC's sole concern is the protection of vulnerable children." See http://www.scottishreview.net/KRoy28.shtml
+ ICO publishes draft Data Sharing Code of Practice +
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published a draft Data Sharing Code of Practice and launched a consultation on the code. The document states: "The code does not impose additional legal obligations nor is it an authoritative statement of the law." In 2008 a Data Sharing Review was published by Dr Mark Walport of the Wellcome Trust and Richard Thomas, the then Information Commissioner. The review recommended "that where there is a genuine case for removing or modifying an existing legal barrier to data sharing, a new statutory fast-track procedure should be created". The previous government tried but failed to introduce 'fast track' data-sharing powers. The closing
date for the consultation is 5th January 2011.
+ ICO publishes response to Data Protection Legislative Framework Consultation+
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published its response to the Ministry of Justice's consultation on data protection law. In July the government issued a "Call for Evidence on current data protection law to help inform the UK's position on negotiations for a new EU data protection instrument, which are expected to start in early 2011". The consultation closed on 6th October. The ICO response states: "There is a lack of clarity in the current data protection legislative framework in the UK in determining what is 'personal data'." The response goes on to say: "The Commissioner hopes that a future framework will treat this sort of information more realistically, perhaps recognising that a simple 'all or nothing' approach to the application of data protection requirements no longer suffices, given the breadth of information now falling within the definition of personal data." See http://www.ico.gov.uk/upload/documents/library/data_protection/notices/response_to_moj_dpframework.pdf
+ Fingerprinting school children spreading around the world +
Fingerprinting school children has been a concern to NO2ID and others for many years. Now it seems that fingerprinting kids has spread abroad and as a result the UK site 'Leave Them Kids Alone' has added a USA section to their website. Recent media reports in the USA quote ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) lawyer Peter Bibring who said:"making school children submit to fingerprinting, and risking the misuse of
biometric information before they are old enough to drive a car seems like an absurdly risky and invasive way to get slightly faster lunch lines." See http://www.leavethemkidsalone.com/usa.htm
++ *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 was taken at midday 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.
**+ 18th October - Identity Documents Bill 2nd Reading House of Lords +*
The Identity Documents Bill has now completed its passage through the House of Commons and will next have a 2nd Reading debate in the House of Lords. Follow the bill's progress at http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2010-11/identitydocuments.html
*+ November - Database State talks, London + *
Former Hammersmith local coordinator Brian Mooney has organised some autumn talks on aspects of the database state - see the local groups section below.
"ID" in the news
*+ ICO issues draft data-sharing code - The Register 8/10/10 +*
The Information Commissioner's Office is to consult about a new code of practice for sharing personal data. The data protection watchdog is to invite views about the 40-page draft code, which aims to create a model of good practice for public, private and third sector organisations. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/10/08/ico_data_sharing_code/
*+ Study concludes that Europe is the global leader in nation-wide implementation of eHealth solutions - epractice.eu 4/10/10 + *
Dr Karl Stroetmann, Senior Research Fellow at a research and consulting firm concluded: "Europe is leading the rest of the world in advancing towards modern eHealth infrastructures and implementations." http://www.epractice.eu/en/news/345021
*+ German ID hack - Professional Security 30/09/2010 +*
The public hacking of the German national ID card system - which is due to be phased in from this November onwards - is almost certainly down to a failure of security being added as an afterthought, rather than integrated from the earliest stages of the development process, says Fortify Software. http://www.professionalsecurity.co.uk/newsdetails.aspx?NewsArticleID=14441&imgID=1
*+ Indian PM Launches 'Aadhaar' The World's First Biometric National ID Card - eGov monitor 29/9/10 +*
The Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, along with the UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi launched the world's first biometric national ID card with an aim to provide an unique identity number to each of the 1.2 billion citizens of India.http://www.egovmonitor.com/node/38723
*+ Portable, rapid DNA analysis tech developed - The Register 22/9/10 +*
Mobile fingerprint-checking equipment is already controversial before it has even rolled out widely. An announcement today may presage the next such row, as developers say they will soon roll out a "compact" machine based on "a small, single chip" which will massively reduce the amount of time taken to check a DNA sample.http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/22/portable_dna_checker/
*+ Eight industries that know your every move - DailyFinance 25/9/10 +*
We've long had government organisations collecting data that paints a pretty clear picture of what we do with our time. Thanks to advances in technology, however, there are also now numerous private enterprises that track and record your every move.http://www.dailyfinance.co.uk/2010/09/25/eight-industries-that-know-your-every-move/
(Please send me any items of interest you encounter - Editor(firstname.lastname@example.org
*+ LOCAL GROUPS NEWS + *
To see if there's a group in your area check our list at http://www.no2id.net/localgroups/
Or, if you're interested in starting a group yourself, please contact James on email@example.com
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 7pm
Manchester - to be confirmed
Glasgow - to be confirmed
*+ '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: http://www.goodscreenings.org/films/5/info/
Please email our local groups co-ordinator James Elsdon-Baker on firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
or join the mailing list at:
_*+ Dorking +*_
If you would like to help or get involved with the Dorking group, contact Geoff Cox (firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (email@example.com
), and for more group information see http://www.no2id-scotland.net/edinburgh/
_*+ London +*_
*+ Database State talks - London + *
Former Hammersmith local coordinator Brian Mooney has organised some autumn talks on aspects of the database state. More info: 020 7385 9757 / firstname.lastname@example.org
*Thursday, 4th November, 7pm nominal start*
Zoe McLeod, Consumer Focus - Subject: 'Smart Meters: Who's watching you?'
Function Room, The Hop Poles, King Street, Hammersmith W6 9HRhttp://www.multimap.com/maps/?qs=w6+9hr&countryCode=GB#map=51.49277,-0.22561
*Monday, 22nd November, 7pm nominal start*
Terri Dowty, ARCH - Subject: Children's Databases
Helen Wallace, Genewatch - Subject: DNA Database
Bertrand Russell Room, Conway Hall; 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RLhttp://www.conwayhall.org.uk/where.htm
_*+ Manchester +*_
For information on Manchester NO2ID see http://manchester.no2id.net/
or contact Dave Page on email@example.com
07722 615 398.
**_*+ Norwich +*_
*+ 11th November - Erasing David Screening With Special Guests +*
On Thursday 11th November a showing of the fascinating documentary film 'Erasing David' is taking place at the UEA, ARTS 01.02, starting 7.00pm. The film follows the life of film-maker David Bond, who upon receiving a letter from HMRC informing him that his daughter's details were amongst the 25 million lost by the child benefit agency, embarks on a journey to discover just how much information is held about him by government and private companies. Along the way David meets people who have been caught in the crossfire of the database state, some who have had their lives shattered. After the screening there will be a discussion taken by director David Bond and NO2ID's Phil Booth, so please come with your probing questions! To watch the ERASING DAVID trailer please visit: www.erasingdavid.com
If you are interested in the work of the Norwich group, please join their mailing list on: http://lists.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.norwich