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++ NO2ID Supporters' Newsletter No. 125 - 28th June 2009 ++

*Contacting us:* Call or email the office - 020-7793-4005 or (office@no2id.net).

+ 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 http://www.writetothem.com/

Those key regulations are:

The Identity Cards Act 2006 (Application and Issue of ID Card and Notification of Changes) Regulations 2009
http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2009/draft/ukdsi_9780111480427_en_1
[The detail that you will have to give to the Home Office about yourself, much much more than the "basic identifying information" ministers keep referring to.]

The Identity Cards Act 2006 (Prescribed Information) Regulations 2009
http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2009/draft/ukdsi_9780111480434_en_1
[What will be kept on the cards - but not yet anything about the national identity register database and how it might work.]

The Identity Cards Act 2006 (Designation) Order 2009
http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2009/draft/ukdsi_9780111479056_en_1
[The first of potentially many such. Provides for some people to be forced onto the system because joining will be a condition of *applying* for another official document that they need.]

The Identity Cards Act 2006 (Fees) Regulations 2009
http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2009/draft/ukdsi_9780111479070_en_1

The Identity Cards Act 2006 (Information and Code of Practice on Penalties) Order 2009
http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2009/draft/ukdsi_9780111479087_en_1
[The unfair rules that will be used to punish non-compliance.]

The Identity Cards Act 2006 (Provision of Information without Consent) Regulations 2009
http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2009/draft/ukdsi_9780111479063_en_1
[Sets out who the information may be passed to once the IPS has it. Audit trail information will go to: police, intelligence services, and OCA, *and to anyone else they authorise* - so we are immediately beyond government promise - plus HMRC, who can't however authorise it to be given to third parties. Further, non-audit trail information - such as document numbers, names and addresses, signatures and fingerprints, quite enough to be keys for other searches or massive identity fraud - may be provided to the Home Office and MoJ, DWP, DoT and FCO. Records of what information has been given to whom and why may be destroyed after 12 months or less.]

The Immigration (Biometric Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2009
http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2009/uksi_20090819_en_1
[Expands the 'ID cards for foreigners' system vastly by extending it to more categories of people (for example, spouses of British citizens, visiting artists and academics) who are only being treated as a threat in order to justify ID cards for all.]
purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Default)
This has been a very mixed week, personally, and politically.

Tony Blair seems to have found 'his Poll Tax' with the ID card/database issue. Lobby a Lord )

[livejournal.com profile] fjm is courageously exploring the implications of UK legislation concerning the so-called 'glorification of terrorism'.

The world seems no nearer to real freedom of speech.

Hospitals and ill health seem to surround me.

But G, D & I, and B&P, have managed to have some good times...

Cat stuff )
purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Default)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4711178.stm

"The government has staved off a backbench rebellion to reverse changes imposed on the controversial ID Cards Bill by peers. Only 20 Labour MPs voted against the government, and the Bill - opposed by the Tories and the Liberal Democrats - was passed by a majority of 31.

MPs also voted to force people to get cards when they apply for passports. ..."

Apparently, the only newspaper to back the Government on this is The Sun. I here credible rumours that Nick Griffin is planning to aggressively push the British National Party agenda on the back of this kind of ill-informed paranoia.

If you have doubts about the ID card and database system which the Labour Party are trying to impose, consider get involved with the struggle against it: http://www.no2id.net/ and http://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/ are good starting points.

Director of Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti said:

"ID cards are not the magic bullet against fraudsters, terrorists, and illegal immigrants as the Government proposes - instead it appears that they will target the ninety-odd percent of Britons who wish to drive or travel abroad."
purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Default)
There will be a mass lobby of parliament against ID cards today between 12 and 1 (see http://www.no2id.net)

Anyone interested in coming, make sure you know your MPs name and meet at the sundial in Old Palace Yard. This can be found at the letter H on the map here:

http://www.parliament.uk/commons/lib/faxmap.pdf

Anyone working in London, an ideal lunch break :-)

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