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September 2003 Archives

ID cards protect civil liberties - Blair - The Register

'The Prime Minster has given his strongest support yet for the introductiuon of identity cards in UK.' link

Posted by SteveC at 05:31 PM Tue 30 Sep 2003 Categories: ID Cards , The Register
Secret go-ahead for ID card database - The Guardian

'The cabinet has secretly given the go-ahead to the chancellor, Gordon Brown, to set up Britain's first national population computer database that is the foundation stone for a compulsory identity card scheme.' link

Posted by SteveC at 05:29 PM Tue 30 Sep 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Privacy , The Guardian
Scots teenagers to be issued with ID cards - The Scotsman

'EVERY secondary school pupil in Scotland is to be issued with an ID card bearing his or her name, age and address, under a controversial government scheme branded last night as an assault on privacy.' link

Posted by SteveC at 05:59 PM Sun 28 Sep 2003 Categories: ID Cards , The Scotsman
Hewitt is first minister to oppose identity cards - The Independent

'The rift in the Cabinet over compulsory identity cards deepened yesterday after Patricia Hewitt, the Trade and Industry Secretary, spelt out her "grave reservations".' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:01 PM Sat 27 Sep 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Privacy , The Independent
Will cost and controversy keep Britain ID-free? - Silicon.com

'While David Blunkett may be keen on getting identity cards into the hands and wallets of the British public, it seems that a lack of government support could keep the UK ID-free for a while yet.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:38 PM Tue 23 Sep 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Silicon.com
Identity politics - The Guardian

'David Blunkett has long considered national identity cards as the answer. In the home secretary's mind, it is just that the British public has yet to ask the question. There is good reason for this: voters are reluctant to let government keep tabs on them and do not trust ministers to protect their privacy. History also points in the opposite direction to Mr Blunkett's hunches. Compulsory identity cards have been used during two world wars - but were dropped in peacetime. The home secretary appears undeterred.' link

Posted by SteveC at 09:17 AM Tue 23 Sep 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Privacy , The Guardian
Silenced: Censorship and Control of the Internet - Privacy International

'Silenced is an independent research initiative managed jointly by Privacy International and the GreenNet Educational Trust. The twelve-month project was undertaken through a collaboration of more than fifty experts and advocates throughout the world.' link

Posted by SteveC at 06:45 PM Sun 21 Sep 2003 Categories: Data retention , Privacy , Privacy International , Reports/Equiries
UK keeps global net censorship ticking over - Silicon.com

'Far from being a haven for civil liberties and free speech, it seems the web is now prey to increasing monitoring and restrictions, according to a global study into internet censorship released today.' link

Posted by SteveC at 06:40 PM Sun 21 Sep 2003 Categories: Privacy , Silicon.com
Blunkett pushes ID cards debate - BBC

'David Blunkett wants proposals for ID cards to be included in the forthcoming Queen's Speech. The home secretary told BBC One's Breakfast with Frost programme he wanted a bill for the introduction of national identity cards to go before Parliament in the autumn.' link

Posted by SteveC at 03:10 PM Sun 21 Sep 2003 Categories: BBC , ID Cards
Cabinet split delays ID cards plan - The Guardian

'The home secretary, David Blunkett's plans to introduce a national scheme of identity cards have been held up by objections from leading cabinet members, including Peter Hain, the leader of the Commons, Patricia Hewitt, the trade secretary, and Charles Clarke, the education secretary.' link

Posted by SteveC at 08:55 AM Thu 18 Sep 2003 Categories: ID Cards , The Guardian
'Snoopers' charter' unveiled - BBC

'Government agencies will be able to access e-mail and phone data, under measures unveiled by ministers.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:23 PM Mon 15 Sep 2003 Categories: BBC , RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2) , RIP Statutory Instrument (Part I Chapter 2)
Home Office snooping plans are almost unchanged - FIPR releases

'In June 2002 the Home Office backed down in the face of the outrage that greeted their totally disproportionate proposals for access to communications data (records of email senders and receivers, phone numbers called or web pages visited). Last week they gave the impression of a change of heart, yet closer examination of the detail of their proposals shows that their plans are almost entirely unchanged.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:20 PM Mon 15 Sep 2003 Categories: FIPR releases , Govt. Consultations , Privacy , RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2) , RIP Statutory Instrument (Part I Chapter 2)
Blunkett revives plan to let agencies trawl phone and net users' records - The Guardian

'Ministers are to press ahead with plans to ensure that communications companies retain the records of every telephone, internet and email user, in the face of determined opposition from industry and civil liberties groups.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:16 PM Mon 15 Sep 2003 Categories: RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2) , RIP Statutory Instrument (Part I Chapter 2) , The Guardian
Alarm at sweeping powers for state snoopers - The Telegraph

'Sweeping powers for Government agencies to carry out covert surveillance, run agents and gather the telephone data of private citizens were contained in legislation published yesterday.
State bodies ranging from the police, intelligence services and Whitehall departments to local councils, the Postal Services Commission and the chief inspector of schools will be able to authorise undercover operations.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:14 PM Mon 15 Sep 2003 Categories: RIP Oversight (Part IV) , RIP Statutory Instrument (Part I Chapter 2) , The Telegraph
Big Brother edges closer to 'total snooping' - The Telegraph

'Are we, in the arresting words yesterday of Shami Chakrabarti, the new director of Liberty, "the most spied upon people in western Europe"?
With closed circuit television pointed at us wherever we go, speed cameras trained on our cars and an army of public servants entitled to demand our personal telephone details or even follow us around, she seems to have a point.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:11 PM Mon 15 Sep 2003 Categories: Privacy , RIP Statutory Instrument (Part I Chapter 2) , The Telegraph
'Snoopers' charter' backs council spies - The Times

'COUNCILS will have powers to run undercover agents and secret surveillance to halt fraud or crime under government proposal' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:07 PM Mon 15 Sep 2003 Categories: Data retention , Govt. Consultations , RIP Oversight (Part IV) , RIP Statutory Instrument (Part I Chapter 2) , The Times
Children to be protected by ID cards - The Telegraph

'Every child in England is to be given a credit card-style ID number in reforms aimed at preventing a repeat of the murder of Victoria Climbie, the Government has announced.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:05 PM Mon 15 Sep 2003 Categories: ID Cards , The Telegraph
Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Communications Data) Order 2003 - Govt. Consultations

Consultation Paper on a Code of Practice for Voluntary Retention of Communications Data (under the Anti-Terrorism Crime and Security Act 2001) Response to the Consultation Paper. Access to Communications Data ? respecting privacy and protecting the public from crime Response to the Consultation Paper

Posted by SteveC at 11:46 AM Fri 12 Sep 2003 Categories: Data retention , Govt. Consultations , RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2)
Blunkett: Cabinet split over ID cards - The Independent

'Cabinet members have expressed "perfectly reasonable scepticism" at plans for a national ID card, the Home Secretary said yesterday.' link

Posted by SteveC at 11:30 AM Fri 12 Sep 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Privacy , The Independent
Blunkett fights on to save his ID card - The Guardian

'He candidly told the Commons home affairs select committee in a progress report that the cabinet was split down the middle. But he dismissed reports that John Prescott and Gordon Brown led the opposition. Mr Blunkett's strongest supporter is believed to be Tony Blair.' link

Posted by SteveC at 11:28 AM Fri 12 Sep 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Privacy , The Guardian
Blunkett's ID cards blocked in Cabinet - The Telegraph

'David Blunkett was battling to save his flagship identity card plan last night after failing to win Cabinet backing for legislation in the next session of Parliament.' link

Posted by SteveC at 11:26 AM Fri 12 Sep 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Privacy , The Telegraph
Public backs ID cards but balks at 40 fee, poll says - The Telegraph

'The public overwhelmingly supports the idea of compulsory identity cards, says a YouGov opinion poll published today in The Telegraph. But it strongly objects to having to pay 40 for them.' link

Posted by SteveC at 06:57 PM Mon 8 Sep 2003 Categories: ID Cards , The Telegraph
Police seek DNA record of everyone - The Guardian

'Senior police officers will call this week for the the national database of 2m DNA samples to be extended to everyone in the country' link

Posted by SteveC at 06:55 PM Mon 8 Sep 2003 Categories: Human Rights , Privacy , The Guardian
Runaway summer - The Guardian

'The age of closed-circuit TV is bad news for those who dream of escape' link

Posted by SteveC at 06:53 PM Mon 8 Sep 2003 Categories: CCTV , Privacy , The Guardian
Prescott and Brown move to block Blair's ID card plan - The Telegraph

'Tony Blair is facing a Cabinet revolt over the introduction of compulsory identity cards as senior ministers press him to tone down his radical agenda in the run-up to the next general election.' link

Posted by SteveC at 06:50 PM Sun 7 Sep 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Privacy , The Telegraph
'Big Brother' smart tags in stores face legal battle - The Telegraph

'Retailers using microchips in products to track customers are facing legal challenges from freedom campaigners anxious to curb the abuse of the "Big Brother" technology.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:38 PM Mon 1 Sep 2003 Categories: Privacy , RFID Tags , The Telegraph