Filed under: Current Affairs
Students at the University of Leeds have occupied a building on campus in protest at the ongoing conflict in Gaza and murder of the Palestine people by the IDF. They are protesting tomorrow 28th January outside the Leeds BBC building from 5pm onwards. They have setup a blog covering the occupation which can be viewed here
Filed under: ID Cards / Surveillance
In a society where Identity documents are required to obtain services, what do we become without those documents? This is the question parents who fail to pay their Child Support Maintenance could soon be asking themselves. As reported by the Times, The Welfare Reform Bill, which is currently going through the house would enable the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission to commandeer the driver’s licences and passports of parents who fall behind on their payments.
Of course as with most neo-labour punitive measures this would be carried out without a court order. The dangerous precedent this Bill sets becomes more apparent as we move towards a society where a single National Identity Card is required to interact with state and private commercial services. In such a society the removal of the card by the state would deny the person access to services transforming them overnight into a persona non gratis. At times such a notion has seemed far fetched, even for someone such as myself who takes a great interest in these matters. Now sadly it seems with this measure we are only a small step away from living in a society where confiscation of your ID card can be used as a punitive measure without judicial overview.
Filed under: ID Cards / Surveillance
Acting on the information in this email could be one of the most important things you ever do to protect your privacy.
This is one of the most serious threats to our liberty and privacy we’ve yet seen. Please read this carefully, and act now.
The government is trying to remove all limits on the use of our private information by officials. This means taking your information from anywhere and passing it anywhere they like – including medical records, financial records, communications data, ID information….anything at at all.
The Database State is now a direct threat, not a theory.
Clause 152 of the Coroners and Justice Bill, due for its first debate in the Commons on Monday 26th January, would convert the Data Protection Act into its exact opposite. It would allow ministers to make ‘Information Sharing Orders’, that can alter any Act of Parliament and cancel all rules of confidentiality in order to allow information obtained for one purpose to be used for another.
This single clause is as grave a threat to privacy as the entire ID Scheme.
Combine it with the index to your life formed by the planned National Identity Register and everything recorded about you anywhere could be accessible to any official body.
Quite apart from the powers in the Identity Cards Act, if Information Sharing Orders come to pass, they could (for example) immediately be used to suck up material such as tax records or electoral registers to build an early version of the National Identity Register.
But the powers would apply to any information, not just official information. They would permit data trafficking between government agencies and private companies – and even with foreign governments. They would permit government departments to obtain information from private companies and individuals, too.
THIS IS WHY WE MUST ACT NOW!
You to do three things:
1) Please write straight away IN YOUR OWN WORDS to your MP via http://www.WriteToThem.com – do it this weekend, if not before. The Bill is being rushed through Parliament, even as we write.
Ask your MP to read Part 8 (clauses 151 – 154) of the Coroners and Justice Bill, and to oppose the massive enabling powers in the “Information sharing” clause. The Bill contains a number of controversial provisions, but to the casual reader it appears mainly to be about reforming inquests and sentencing. It is due its Second Reading in the Commons on 26th January 2009.
Request your MP demand that the clause be given proper Parliamentary scrutiny. This is something that will affect every single one of their constituents, unlike the rest of the Bill. There is a grave danger that the government will set a timetable that will cut off debate before these proposals – which are at the end of the Bill – are *even* discussed.
2) Write letters to your local papers. Point out that this will affect every single person in the country. Highlight the fact that the information sharing powers in this Bill are overwhelmingly unpopular *- when people know about them – and that they are being sneaked in without publicity*.
A YouGov poll in the Sunday Times on 18th January (details here: http://forum.no2id.net/viewtopic.php?p=100808 ) shows that the public opposes these new powers by a factor of 3 to 1 *against* – 65% of people asked said they would give government “too much power”, only 19% thought not.
3) Tell as many people as you can. And find out more yourself. We have created a new page on the website dedicated to ‘data sharing’ which contains links to the key documents and a brief explanation of each.
Please read it, and pass on this link: http://www.no2id.net/datasharing.php
Let your friends, family, colleagues and anyone who might share our concerns know that the battle for their privacy is happening NOW. The more people we reach, the more we hope will act.
We really can’t afford not to win. Good luck!
Filed under: ID Cards / Surveillance
The struggle against the Database state is starting to hot up with another salvo against out civil liberties being fired by New Labour. Perhaps fearing that Jacqui is not safe pair of hands, Straw is overseeing the latest development from his lair within the ominously named Ministry of Justice. The Coroners and Justice Bill contains clauses that will allow for ‘Information Sharing Orders’, these orders can override the Data protection act to allow government to share information amongst departments. As NO2ID have pointed out this means data collected in things like the 2011 census could be passed on to any other department or added onto any other existing database. Joined up surveillance, or as the Government would call it ‘Transformational Governance’.
Cameron has moved Grayling, his commons attack dog to oppose Jacqui as the Shadow Home Secretary, and long standing opponent of the ID card scheme will move to Shadow Straw in Justice. A multi-signatory letter yesterday in the Guardian yesterday accused the Government of double-standard over its plans to exempt MP’s expenses from the Freedom of Information Act, whilst simultaneously seeking to gain control over our information. In a fantastic victory on the same Day Brown backed down from these measures.
I’ll be watching eagerly on 26th January when the Coroners and Justice Bill gets it’s second reading.
Filed under: Blogroll
Hello my dearest readers, I’d like to draw your attention to a new blog. Improviseadaotovercome could very well be the tag line for evolution, topical in this the 150th year since the publication of Darwin’s on the Origin of Species. The blog I’m sure will contain some interesting musings, and I can certainly approve of the Anti-ID card stance expressed by the author.
Photography is not the boring hobby it used to be, these days Photography is an illicit underground activity that can land you in trouble with the fuzz. As such it has now become cool!
The Offical Rules as published by the Legion of Dynamic Discord Ltd.
Take a picture in a ‘sensitive area’ and upload it onto the web. These days sensitive areas can be defined as follows:
Any public space
The more suspicious your picture is the higher the kudos gained! Extra kudos can be gained by doing the following:
Setting up a blog to host Extreme Urban Photographs
Blogging, Twitting or videoing your Extreme Photography sessions
Taking pictures of PCSO’s, Police Constables or Members of the Armed Forces.
Getting Stopped and Searched Under Sec 44 of the Terrorism Act (earn double points if stopped whilst taking a photo of something already in the public domain)
Hurry Kids although Extreme Photography is not a blood sport, that doesn’t mean it won’t soon be outlawed!
N.B Google is barred from participation on account of the head start it has.
Copyright ©Legion of Dynamic Discord Ltd. 2009
Filed under: ID Cards / Surveillance
The great defender of British liberty against the ever encroaching Database state has once again drawn attention to some shady business going on in British schools. Yes the long term critic of Big Brother aka the Dailymail has been challenging Grauniad readers loyalties and assumptions with its rabble rousing defense of individual liberty. Across the country many opponents of ID cards et al are starting to feel the pinch of arch neo-labourist Toynbee’s harping on about how all this surveillance is justified if it leads to some kind of liberal-paternalistic third-way wankfest.
One can’t help but feel a little dirty and soiled when you discover yourself agreeing with Richard Littlejohn. I liken it to the feeling of having sex with someone you don’t really fancy, it’s ok at the time if you are pissed enough, but straight after it all feels a little well just ‘wrong’. This is how I felt as I downloaded the this story on the train the other day, on the one hand ecstatic ‘yes this is what I have felt all along, finally I’m not alone in my moral outrage’ yet also dirty, “ew I’m on the daily mail webpage and enjoying it.”
Whilst the so-called liberal press and politicians largely dilly dally about, the libertarian right is making huge political gains with it’s opposition to ID cards. For this, as with most things I blame double-speak neo-labour for their corruption of the left, having taking the worst freedom crushing aspects of a centralized paternalistic economy and merged them with the worst aspects of unrestrained capitalism. They have created the monstrous super-bee political hybrid.
Back to this latest pilot study, Facial recognition being used to detect “late-comers” WTF!!! I struggle to even grasp how even the most brainwashed minister could seek to balance the use of such technology for the need of detecting “late-comers”. Perhaps next we will see the rental of American spy-satellites to track school children skiving off on the cross-country run. The Zealously with which this technology is brought into local education must be a particular quirk of guilibity as to the cost effectiveness of tackling mundane problems with cutting edge technology, combined with a total and complete disregard for basic principles of Human decency and privacy. That’s at best, at worst it’s nothing more than a deliberate attempt to indoctrinate an entire generation into a fascistic system of Orwellian totalitarian control.