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November 2003 Archives

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Posted by SteveC at 03:25 PM Tue 25 Nov 2003 Categories: The Guardian
Image problem - The Guardian

'David Blunkett's plan for a national ID card has sparked a furious row. But will it work? And how? SA Mathieson investigates' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:31 PM Thu 20 Nov 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security News , The Guardian
Support for national ID cards falls sharply - The Independent

'Public support for national identity cards has dropped sharply in the past two years, despite the enthusiastic support of David Blunkett, the Home Secretary, for their introduction.' link

Posted by SteveC at 06:04 PM Wed 19 Nov 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security News , The Independent
Blunkett in threat to quit on ID cards - The Times

'DAVID BLUNKETT was poised to resign from the cabinet if he had not got his way over identity cards, it has emerged.' link

Posted by SteveC at 10:23 AM Sun 16 Nov 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security News , The Times
ID cards may cut queues but learn lessons of history, warn Europeans - The Guardian

'The words "papers please" have terrible echoes of Europe's most repressive history. The rounding up of Jews, the oppression of migrant workers, and the removal of political undesirables have all been made easier by efficient identity controls.' link

Posted by SteveC at 10:53 AM Sat 15 Nov 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security News , The Guardian
The eyes have it - The Guardian

'There are few things more risky in politics than admitting you have changed your mind about a policy you have always vehemently opposed. If you have recently become a minister as well, you can expect the sneers to come thick and fast that your principles have been squashed under the weight of the red box.'link

Posted by SteveC at 10:33 PM Wed 12 Nov 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security News , The Guardian
What will it mean for me? - The Guardian

'When you renew your passport or driving licence in four years time you won't just have to fill in a countersigned form and provide a recent photograph. Instead you will find you will also have to go to your nearest post office or registry office and have your fingerprints "taken" electronically and your eyes scanned so that the unique pattern of your iris can be stored on a new electronic database.' link

Posted by SteveC at 10:01 PM Wed 12 Nov 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security News , The Guardian
10,000 to test eye scan and fingerprint scheme - The Guardian

'The electronic "biometric" eye scans and fingerprints that lie at the heart of the new national identity card scheme are to be tested by 10,000 volunteers in a six month Home Office trial starting in the next few weeks.' link

Posted by SteveC at 09:58 PM Wed 12 Nov 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security News , The Guardian
ID cards are on the way - The Guardian

'Millions of people in Britain will start receiving their compulsory national identity cards in only four years time under the detailed plans unveiled by the home secretary, David Blunkett, yesterday.' link

Posted by SteveC at 09:55 PM Wed 12 Nov 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security News , The Guardian
Blunkett outlines ID card plans - BBC

'All UK citizens could be forced to have some form of identity card by 2013, David Blunkett has said.' link

Posted by SteveC at 06:40 PM Tue 11 Nov 2003 Categories: BBC , ID Cards , Surveillance & Security News
Support for identity cards - BBC

'DAVID FROST: Well that's exactly what I wanted to talk about second, so you're spot on there. And in fact, while we're on the how it works bit, I mean people think it's going to be more complicated obviously than a credit card, some people say well we've got passports why do we need this, but is it because of all the extra devices, the retinal spotting and so on? What is, what is the way to make an ID card, a compulsory ID card, work?' link

Posted by SteveC at 09:48 PM Mon 10 Nov 2003 Categories: BBC , ID Cards , Surveillance & Security News
Our missing million - The Observer

'The reason why a national identity card could be a fiasco to compare with the Child Support Agency is the same reason why the population of Manchester jumped by 29,500 last week, why 800,000 healthy young men vanished in the 1990s and why serious newspapers should stop treating the results of opinion polls as facts. A significant minority of the public is refusing to co-operate with officialdom. Every variety of survey and poll is being affected, says Professor Roger Jowell, the former director of the British Social Attitudes Survey, now at City University, London. 'It used to be when you said you were doing something for the Government, people would feel they had a duty to co-operate. Now they say "screw you".' link

Posted by SteveC at 09:43 PM Mon 10 Nov 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security News , The Observer
Mandatory ID cards backed by police chief - The Times

'THE head of the Metropolitan Police gave public backing yesterday to the introduction of compulsory identity cards, describing them as an "absolutely essential" tool in the fight against terrorism.' link

Posted by SteveC at 09:40 PM Mon 10 Nov 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security News , The Times
Passport to next generation security - The Guardian

'he cabinet's decision yesterday to "proceed by incremental steps to build a base for a compulsory national identity card scheme" does little more than acknowledge that Britain is already well down that road without the need for new legislation.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:06 PM Fri 7 Nov 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security News , The Guardian
ID card decision delayed for years to defuse cabinet row - The Independent

'The cabinet agreed yesterday to draw up plans for a national identity card, but it will wait "until later this decade" to decide whether to make them compulsory.' link

Posted by SteveC at 11:44 AM Fri 7 Nov 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security News , The Independent
Identity card scheme still alive despite bitter rift in the Cabinet - The Independent

'The Cabinet is expected to keep the prospect of a national identity card alive today despite a bitter row last night between senior ministers about the proposal.' link

Posted by SteveC at 11:56 AM Thu 6 Nov 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security News , The Independent
'Bloodbath' at ID cards meeting - The Guardian

'The cabinet may be forced to take a political gamble today by agreeing to include a draft bill for identity cards in the Queen's speech after an "acrimonious" committee meeting yesterday.' link

Posted by SteveC at 11:46 AM Thu 6 Nov 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security News , The Guardian
Parliament 'didn't understand RIP Act' - ZDNET

"Peers have expressed their alarm about government attempts to widen the scope of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, claiming the passing of the original law was 'a nightmare'" link

Posted by SteveC at 11:23 AM Thu 6 Nov 2003 Categories: RIP Statutory Instrument (Part I Chapter 2) , Surveillance & Security News , ZDNET
Data surveillance complaints have zero success rate - ZDNET

'The body set up to protect UK citizens from having their communications data unfairly accessed by the police or secret agents has yet to rule in favour of a single complainant despite receiving hundreds of complaints, the government has revealed.' link

Posted by SteveC at 11:26 AM Wed 5 Nov 2003 Categories: RIP Oversight (Part IV) , Surveillance & Security News , ZDNET
Draft ID card bill slips into Queen's speech - The Register

'A draft bill to introduce ID cards in the UK is expected to be included in the Queen's speech later this month.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:57 AM Wed 5 Nov 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security News , The Register
Abandon data retention plans, urge privacy groups - ZDNET

'The British government's oft-criticised data retention plans will open up your phone and email records to law enforcement agents from the UK to beyond the Urals, say critics' link

Posted by SteveC at 11:27 AM Tue 4 Nov 2003 Categories: Data retention , Surveillance & Security News , ZDNET
Blair plans ID card strategy - The Times

'Mr Blair faces a further tactical problem, over identity cards. Their introduction is to be included in the Speech in the form of a draft Bill; this means it will not be debated until shortly before the next election. Ministers believe this will mean there is less opposition to it among MPs, as it has wide support among voters' link

Posted by SteveC at 02:13 PM Mon 3 Nov 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security News , The Times
Blair draft bill keeps ID card debate alive - The Times

'CABINET ministers are expected to call a truce over identity cards this week by agreeing to include the measure in the Queen's speech in the form of a draft bill.' link

Posted by SteveC at 09:53 AM Sun 2 Nov 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security News , The Times