The Sunday Times has confirmed that the Government intends to go ahead with a plan to monitor all web browsing, e-mail, internet gaming and chat use, along with the monitoring of all phone calls and text messages.
This is a complete reversal of the promise by the Coalition Government to roll back the database state and restore the civil liberties lost under the previous Government. NO2ID has issued the following press release covering this serious U-turn.
Attached below is an important NO2ID press release on a Government plan to force internet service providers to keep records of everyone's browsing, e-mail, gaming and chat use and make it available to the authorities. Mobile phone calls and text records will also be stored.
This is a revival of the former Labour Government's Intercept Modernisation Programme and presents huge concerns for privacy and individual freedom, given that it will allow an unprecedented level of state monitoring of the lives of British citizens.
Attached below is a NO2ID press release concerning a proposal from the EU for a new data protection law applying to the whole EU. As highlighted in the press release, although there are some benefits for individuals from the proposals, there is a real potential that it could become easier for more personal information to be shared by governments and corporations.
The development of these proposals certainly needs watching, as they could clearly become a Trojan horse for more data sharing and an expansion of the database state.
An interesting press release from NO2ID about the usefulness (or not) of web monitoring:
Blanket collection of telecommunications data has been proved by German police statistics to be entirely pointless.
Manchester No2ID have unveiled a new campaign flyer to highlight their ongoing and necessary commitment to stopping ID cards and the database state. The leaflet highlights how the legislation behind the Government's pledge to scrap ID cards does not go far enough, and outlines other Database State initiatives that still need tackling.
Manchester No2ID Press Release
Date: 23rd April 2010
For immediate release
At a Manchester Withington hustings last night, six of the seven constituency candidates spoke out against the ongoing ID card scheme and compulsory identity database. The National Identity Scheme is an ongoing issue in the election, with clear dividing lines between Labour and the other major parties on the issue.
MANCHESTER DEMONSTRATION AT ID CARD ENROLMENT CENTRE
Manchester NO2ID Press Release
Date: 27th November 2009
For immediate release
Manchester NO2ID and other groups who oppose the National Identity Scheme are holding a protest at the Identity and Passport Service "enrolment centre" at Westminster House on Portland Street, at 1pm on Monday 30th November 2009.
MANCHESTER NO2ID PRESS RELEASE
Date: 14th October 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NO2ID are holding a day of action in Manchester to promote the new "Stop the ID Card Con" campaign, on Saturday 17th October.
National NO2ID co-ordinator Phil Booth will speak at a public meeting at the Friends Meeting House at 3:30pm, discussing people's concerns. The campaign intends to burn a giant ID card at 5pm in Albert Square.
NO2ID launches a major new information campaign this autumn, as people in Manchester and the North-West prepare to become the guinea-pigs in the Government's first attempt at a regional rollout of the National Identity Scheme anywhere in the UK.
The populations of so-called 'Beacon Areas' in the North-West, including Manchester, will be encouraged to register voluntarily on the scheme, which will require them to hand over their fingerprints and consent to having their personal data held on the National Identity Database for life.
Civil liberties campaigners have questioned the Home Office's motives behind an "ID card registration" event at Manchester Central Library on Tuesday 5th May. The event has not been publicised on the library's website, in the press or on the council's website, and follows Manchester's appointment as a "beacon area" for the National Identity Scheme.