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Open rights for all

Today is Open Rights Group’s third birthday. Most of you who read this will know that I care greatly (often to the point of apoplexy) about digital rights and personal privacy. ORG can somehow take all my pent up rage and manages to channel it into civil discourse and lobbying. This is important, both for my stress levels and for the nation as a whole.

As part of the celebrations they have published their 2008 Annual Report and for a slightly more casual approach this blog entry. Please have a read and if you aren’t already a member and have even the vaguest unease at the way our government is encroaching into ownership (and ongoing losses) of our personal data and online lives then give them your support.

Happy Third Birthday ORG!

Published on 2008/11/19 at 18:12 by Toby, tags , , ,

ID Card Fun

According to The Register :

Identity checks will normally rely on the biometric data held on cards and passports rather than the National Identity Register


Noooo, that’s not going to be open to huge abuse. Not at all.

I predict a FAIL.

Can we please stop wasting much needed cash on this mess now?

Published on 2008/11/19 at 17:59 by Toby, tags , , ,

Leaked UK gov't doc reveals plan to "coerce" Brits into national ID register

Via Boing Boing:

Phil from the UK anti-ID-register group NO2ID sends in this nugget — note the call to action there. We’ve got a sensitive government document revealing the British government’s plan to trick us into a database state and we need as many copies as possible, as quickly as possible!

My mirror of the NO2ID annotated document is here.

The full NO2ID call to action reads as follows:

UK campaigners NO2ID this morning enlisted the help of bloggers across the world to spread a leaked government document describing how the British government intends to go about “coercing” its citizens onto a National Identity Register. The ‘ID card’ is revealed as little more than a cover to create a official dossier and trackable ID for every UK resident – creating what NO2ID calls ‘the database state’.

NO2ID’s national coordinator, Phil Booth, exhorted bloggers, freedom lovers and anyone who gives a damn about personal privacy to mirror the annotated document on their site.

“The charade is over. While ministers try to bamboozle the British public with fairytales about fingerprints, officials are plotting how to dupe and bully the population into surrendering control of their own identities.”

“Biometric ID cards are a sham; a magician’s flourish to cover the biggest identity fraud there has ever been.”

Published on 2008/01/29 at 14:34 by Toby, tags , , ,

TCSOTD 2007-11-27

Petition to abandon plans to create the Information Sharing Index

Henry Porter: A mass movement is needed to tackle the state’s snoopers
… hint: Open Rights Group is a good place to start

Ben Goldacre on Biometrics

‘Biometrics are not a panacea for data loss’:A letter to the Joint Committee on Human Rights

Innocents fear DNA database errors
… ‘In the past year, more than 100 possible inaccuracies in the documentation of DNA profiles have been discovered, and a further 1,500 administrative mistakes have been logged on the system.’

A Chinese man is suing for divorce after discovering that he is the father of only one of his twins.

Taxpayer may have to pay £170bn for PFI schemes, says Treasury

Miss Mind the Gap sacked
… oh dear, TfL seem to have lost their corporate sense of humour

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