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October 2003 Archives

Smart cards to stop HGV drivers breaking the law - Silicon.com

'Smart cards and digital signatures are to be introduced in heavy goods vehicles and buses by next summer, to comply with new EU rules designed to ensure that drivers are keeping within the law.' link

Posted by SteveC at 03:28 PM Thu 30 Oct 2003 Categories: Silicon.com
Child protection scheme in disarray - The Guardian

'The government's plans to set up a database on every child in England to avoid a repetition of the circumstances leading to the murder of Victoria Climbié are in disarray because of inaccuracies in local records and data protection problems, it has emerged.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:51 AM Fri 24 Oct 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security , The Guardian
Driving 10-year EU licence 'to cut fraud' - The Guardian

'New UK driving licences will no longer be valid until the age of 70 and will have to be renewed every 10 years under proposals for a standardised EU licence approved yesterday.' link

Posted by SteveC at 11:35 AM Thu 23 Oct 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security , The Guardian
Darling joins cabinet opponents of ID card - The Guardian

'Tony Blair's hopes of winning cabinet support for identity cards have been dealt a further blow after Alistair Darling, the transport secretary, submitted a five-page cabinet letter opposing their introduction.' link

Posted by SteveC at 11:33 AM Thu 23 Oct 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security , The Guardian
Liberty groups attack plan for EU health ID card - The Telegraph

'The European Union took its first step yesterday towards the creation of an EU-wide health identity card able to store a range of biometric and personal data on a microchip by 2008. Approved by Union ministers in Luxembourg, the plastic disk will slide into the credit-card pouch of a wallet or purse.' link

Posted by SteveC at 11:29 AM Thu 23 Oct 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security , The Telegraph
Liberty groups attack plan for EU health ID card - The Telegraph

'The European Union took its first step yesterday towards the creation of an EU-wide health identity card able to store a range of biometric and personal data on a microchip by 2008. Approved by Union ministers in Luxembourg, the plastic disk will slide into the credit-card pouch of a wallet or purse.' link

Posted by SteveC at 09:25 AM Tue 21 Oct 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security , The Telegraph
Marks & Spencer starts tracking tag trials - Silicon.com

'Marks & Spencer has begun a trial of the controversial radio frequency ID (RFID) tracking tags in clothes at one of its UK stores this week as part of plans to improve stock accuracy and product availability for customers.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:29 PM Sat 18 Oct 2003 Categories: RFID Tags , Silicon.com , Surveillance & Security
Child ID numbers to help fight abuse - The Guardian

'Identity numbers for children would be part of a tracking system to keep tabs on England's 11 million children. Each child would have a file including the name, address, date of birth, school and GP. If the child came to the attention of agencies such as education welfare, social services or police, the file would carry a flag giving contact details for the lead professional in charge of the case.' link

Posted by SteveC at 10:58 AM Fri 17 Oct 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security , The Guardian
New 'snooper's charter' faces legal challenge - The Telegraph

'The so-called "snooper's charter", which will allow public agencies to gather data about telephone and email traffic, could be illegal, according to privacy campaigners.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:41 PM Thu 16 Oct 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security , The Telegraph
UK 'snoopers charter' claimed to break EU law - The Register

'The data retention regimes in operation or preparation in at least ten European states are unlawful, and breach the European Convention on Human Rights, according to a legal opinion released today.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:39 PM Thu 16 Oct 2003 Categories: Data retention , Human Rights , Surveillance & Security , The Register
Blunkett struggles to keep ID cards on agenda - Financial Times

'David Blunkett is struggling to salvage his controversial scheme for compulsory identity cards as the cabinet remains split over the issue.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:57 PM Mon 13 Oct 2003 Categories: Financial Times , ID Cards
UK ID card scheme likely to be 'debacle', says Jack Straw - The Register

'UK home secretary David Blunkett's on-off ID card scheme may now be off for the foreseeable future, following the leak of highly critical letters from foreign secretary Jack Straw and the Treasury over the weekend. Straw, Blunkett's predecessor at the Home Office, warns of a "large-scale debacle," while the Treasury letter argues that the £40 fee for Blunkett's compulsory card would have to be categorised as a tax hike.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:42 PM Mon 13 Oct 2003 Categories: ID Cards , The Register
Blair shelves ID card plan amid fears of public outcry - The Independent

'Plans to introduce identity cards for every citizen in Britain have been shelved after protests from ministers who argued that they were "flawed" and would spark a political backlash.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:41 PM Sun 12 Oct 2003 Categories: ID Cards , The Independent
Identity crisis - The Observer

'Most of us, if asked, would be willing to sacrifice a degree of liberty in the cause of security. But, in a democratic nation, the balance between the two is delicate. A national identity card, vastly extending the state's knowledge of every citizen, would destroy that balance.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:39 PM Sun 12 Oct 2003 Categories: ID Cards , The Observer
Ministers to dump 'useless' identity card - The Observer

'Downing Street is set to dump controversial proposals to force everyone in Britain to have an identity card, after new evidence revealed that the scheme would be 'close to useless' in the fight against terrorism.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:38 PM Sun 12 Oct 2003 Categories: ID Cards , The Observer
Full text of letter from Paul Boateng to David Blunkett - The Times

'First, the analysis needs to set out the various problems we are seeking to tackle, and the options, including ID cards, for addressing them. There may well be alternative options that would provide us with a series of quick wins with much lower risks and costs. Some of these were explored in the Cabinet Office review of identity fraud last year.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:36 PM Sun 12 Oct 2003 Categories: ID Cards , The Times
Full text of letter from Jack Straw to David Blunkett - The Times

'We remain as far apart as ever on the acceptability of charging. How will we get people to accept a fee when asylum seekers get the card free?' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:33 PM Sun 12 Oct 2003 Categories: ID Cards , The Times
Cabinet revolt over ID cards - The Times

'LEAKED cabinet papers reveal a plot by Jack Straw and Gordon Brown to scupper Tony Blair's plans to introduce compulsory identity cards.

The foreign secretary and the Treasury have written confidential letters to cabinet colleagues strongly condemning the plans drawn up by David Blunkett, the home secretary.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:29 PM Sun 12 Oct 2003 Categories: ID Cards , The Times
National database will hold details of 50,000 offenders - The Independent

'A national database containing details of more than 50,000 violent and sex offenders, as well as some unconvicted suspects, is being set up to track dangerous criminals.' link

Posted by SteveC at 05:38 PM Fri 3 Oct 2003 Categories: Privacy , The Independent
Scrambling for Safety 7 - FIPR releases

The London School of Economics will host a public meeting on Wednesday 22 October to assess proposed government legislation to retain and snoop on information about the phone and Internet activity of everyone in the UK.

Entry is free. RSVP to simon@privacy.org

2.15pm ? 5.00pm, Wednesday 22 October 2003

New Theatre, East Building, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2

more info

Posted by SteveC at 05:35 PM Thu 2 Oct 2003 Categories: Events , FIPR releases , RIP Statutory Instrument (Part I Chapter 2)
Blair becomes a convert to national identity cards - The Times

'THE Prime Minister has thrown his full weight behind national identity cards, making it the first test of his pledge to confront the "tough choices" facing the country.' link

Posted by SteveC at 05:33 PM Thu 2 Oct 2003 Categories: ID Cards , The Times