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NO2ID Newsletter No 166
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++ NO2ID Supporters' Newsletter No. 166 - 20th January 2011 ++
]Among the most dedicated opponents of the Blair government's Identity Cards Act were the SNP. However, as the government of Scotland they seem to have other ideas, as Geraint Bevan, coordinator of NO2ID Scotland, explains:
UK ID cards are no longer valid, but National Entitlement Cards (ID cards by another name) continue to be issued in Scotland. These multi-purpose cards, which masquerade under a wide range of guises including concessionary travel and YoungScot cards, are issued by local authorities and provide access to various services.
According to ministers, the cards are voluntary and alternative means of accessing services should be made available, except for concessionary travel. In practice, many schoolchildren have been told that they *must* apply for a card to buy school meals - or even to enter school premises.
Each card is linked to a "Citizens Account" unless card-holders explicitly reject data-sharing on the application form. Citizens Accounts are records of personal information stored on a network of databases operated by Scotland's 32 local authorities.
Even when not linked to a Citizens Account, the cards are privacy deficient. For example, when used as a bus pass, personal information about the card-holder is transmitted to the bus operator and details of the passenger and journey are recorded and logged on central government databases.
The scheme was introduced under the previous Labour/Lib Dem coalition, but has continued under the current SNP administration.
The Scottish ID cards scandal
Breadalbane Academy ID card causes data protection concern
Official websites
What just happened?
+ ID card report was suppressed +
The publication of a report which raised concerns about the ID-scheme was delayed - leading to the suggestion that it was suppressed in the run up to the general election. The report by the Independent Scheme Assurance Panel (ISAP) was given to the Home Office in late 2009, but only published this month. A February 2010 response to the ISAP report
has also been released.  Read the report at:
Read the response at:
+ Summary Care Record letters in Kent +
Summary Care Record roll-out letters have started landing on people's door mats in Kent. The distribution of public information packs alerting patients to the roll-out has been suspended since June, after the Government halted the roll-out while it conducted a review of the care record. The review concluded that opt-out forms should be included in the packs, and that the information should be simplified to make it easier for patients to understand. The patient leaflet available on the West Kent Primary Care Trust website still fails to spell out the real dangers of the Summary Care Record. The Summary Care Record system will make medical information about tens of millions of patients in England available to over 800,000 NHS staff. Patients have a right to opt out of having a Record. Both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats promised to scrap Summary Care Records before they took power. The NHS opt out form is at:
NO2ID's opt-out form:
Read the NHS Patient leaflet at:
+ Plan for a Public Data Corporation +
The Cabinet Office has outlined plans for a new Public Data Corporation which the government intends to set up this year. The Cabinet Office press release states: "The Corporation will, for the first time, bring together Government bodies and data into one organisation and provide an unprecedented level of easily accessible public information and drive further efficiency in the delivery of public services." Little detailed information is available at this time.
What's next?
*+Follow the latest news on twitter+*
You can keep up to date with national and local groups news via our @NO2ID twitter feed which is being updated with comments, links, and notification of events and stories. See
"ID" in the news
*+ eGovernment Action Plan 2011-2015 - 18/1/11 +*
The implementation of the 2006 eGovernment Action Plan saw governments exchange good practices, and resulted in a number of large-scale pilot projects. STORK (Secure idenTity acrOss boRders linKed), PEPPOL (Pan-European Public Procurement Online) and SPOCS (Simple Procedures Online for Cross-border Services) are three such major initiatives set up over the last few years.
*+ Without a DNA database these monsters could be on the streets – The Sun 17/1/11 +*
Thousands of DNA profiles could soon be erased from the police database - despite officers using it to solve countless serious crimes. A judgement by the European Court of Human Rights ruled that it was illegal for the Government to keep the DNA details of those arrested - but not convicted - for an offence.
*+ Stockport Health Record shares data - eHeath Insider 13/1/11 +*
GP system supplier Microtest and clinical record specialist Graphnet Health have announced the successful implementation of a data-sharing system at NHS Stockport.
*+ What have DNA database objectors got to hide? - Manchester Evening News 13/1/11 +*
How many millions of hard earned tax payers' money will be spent trying to catch Jo Yeates's killer?
*+ EU/US: Transatlantic eHealth agreement signed - 12/1/11 +*
On 17 December 2010, Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes and United States Secretary for Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Washington to promote a common approach on the interoperability of electronic health records and on education programmes for information technology and health professionals.
*+ Border Agency plans £36.4m biometric collection contract – Kable 20/1/11 +*
The Home Office agency has advertised for a single contractor to provide booths which are secure and private where overseas nationals can register for biometric residence permits by having fingerprints and a photo taken.
*+ Destruction of ID card data to cost £400,000 - ComputerWeekly 20/1/11 +*
The destruction of the National Identity Register (NIR) and the personal data held on the controversial ID card system will cost about £400,000.
*+ TrakCare Goes Live -- a new electronic patient management system - InterSystems 14/12/10 +*
NHS Borders new patient management system, TrakCare, went live on Monday 29th November. This is the culmination of almost 3 years work which began in January 2008 when five NHS Boards formed a consortium to procure a new Patient Management System for Scotland. Patient management systems are used to provide healthcare staff with information about patients and their medical history.
(Please send me any items of interest you encounter - Editor( )
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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.
_*+ Cambridge +*_
*+ 11th February - abolition party +*
The Cambridge group is planning a celebration now that the bill abolishing the ID Cards scheme has actually passed:
Friday 11th February 2011, 8pm at Garden Room, Gillespie Centre, Clare College, (in Clare Memorial Court, between Queen's Rd and the University Library). Map:
Free food and drink, and a couple of special guests. All welcome - please come along and help us celebrate.
_*+ Camden & Islington +*_
*+ 1st February - Camden & Islington group meeting +*
1st Tuesday of the month, 8.00pm at The New Rose 84-86 Essex Road, Islington. All welcome.  For more info email or join the mailing list at: (
_*+ 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
*+ 26th January - NO2ID Edinburgh end of year social +*
The Edinburgh group is organising an 'end of year' social, which will also be a double celebration. Not only are we, of course, celebrating the abolition of ID cards, but also member Chris Halliday's superb success in his long fight against the compulsory fingerprinting of his daughter by her school, and in which the European Commission has
recently come out in his support. The social will take place on Wednesday 26th January from 7pm in the Buffalo Grill bistro at 1 Raeburn Place, Stockbridge EH4 1HU. If you wish to join us and reserve a place please contact John (
_*+ Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire +*_
*+ 19th February - Hull and East Riding NO2ID Meeting +*
The new printed packs for NO2ID stalls are now coming out to local groups, with new messages to members of the public on ongoing intrusion into our privacy and misuse of our personal data. It would be good to meet in February 2011 to discuss how we'd like to use the new NO2ID materials and campaign in Hull and East Riding. If you're free at
12.30pm to meet in Dukes on Princes Avenue in Hull, it would be great to see you. Proposed date of meeting is Saturday 19 February 2011.
Please contact Carla on or join our mailing list and ask us a question! -
You can also join the groups Facebook page at -!/group.php?gid=231915099931
_*+ Leeds +*_
Please contact Nadine on or join our mailing list and ask us a question! -
_*+ 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:
_*+ Reading +*_
*+ 27th January - Reading NO2ID Meeting +*
Thursday, 27th January 7.30pm, at Great Expectations Reading. We will be deciding: Press statement on coalition ID card moves (& photo), what now for Reading NO2ID (& personnel changes), and last but not least celebrate major progress made with a healthy drink or two. Look forward to seeing folk there.
_*+ Sheffield +*_
*+ 26th January - Sheffield NO2ID Meeting +*
Wednesday 26th January, 8.30pm at the Harlequin pub, 108 Nursery St, Sheffield, S3 8GG ( We meet downstairs in the bar area. We'll have a NO2ID sign on the table. Please ask the bar staff if you can't find us.
Please join the Sheffield mailing list If you haven't already: