Friday, February 15, 2008

Friday 15 February 2008

Latest from the NO2ID

The number of people deeply troubled by the spectre of ID cards is rising. A Joseph Rowntree survey showed that those who are very concerned has grown from 17% last year to 25%. Overall, those who consider ID cards to be a bad idea now has just begun to outweigh those who are unconcerned.

Bridport Town Council in Dorset has passed a motion against the government’s ID scheme, agreeing not to take part in any pilot scheme or feasibility programme but would draw the line at unlawful un-cooperation. Not good enough!

The EU is looking at an entry-exit system using biometric identifiers, for each third-country national admitted to the Schengen area (those 25 countries within the EU where borders have been effectively eliminated). As the UK is outside of the Schengen area, implementation of this agreement could require all UK residents wishing to travel to mainland Europe to be subject to these biometric checks. Coercion into this scheme of biometric checks could start - according to the EU’s Justice Commissioner, Franco Frattini - on a ‘voluntary’ basis. But Frattini is believed to favour border surveillance levels to be at least equal to, if not in excess of those used in the US.

According to a poll conducted by the government’s Identity and Passport Service and reported by the Daily Mail shows that less than 25% of those questioned believe that the ID card scheme will work.

Every child in Britain is to have their exam results registered on a national database for life.

More evidence of official inability to safeguard confidential information. Now the NHS admits to having lost some four thousand smartcards which are used to access its computer systems.

The Guardian newspaper has published two articles within a week of each other over its acute concern of Britain repidly becoming a surveillance state and is calling for its halt. Over quarter of a million intrusions of private citizens were recorded last year. According to one correspondent “When the Stasi started spying on me, as I moved around East Germany 30 years ago, I travelled (to Britain) on the assumption that I was coming from one of the freest countries in the world to one of the least free. I don't think I was wrong then, but I would certainly be wrong now”. We are sleepwalking into a surveillance society, and we must wake up".

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