Calling Notice 6:30 for 7:00pm, Wednesday 29th November
At a public meeting to be held tomorrow at Imperial College, London , in support of the NO2ID  campaign, a succession of serious commentators will
discuss from their various viewpoints the dangers to civil liberties posed by the development of government surveillance of the population through computer records – the database state.
These heavyweight critics are: Sir Malcolm Rifkind QC, MP for Kensington and Chelsea, former Minister of Defence and Foreign Secretary; Henry Porter, journalist, novelist and commentator; and Professor Ross Anderson, who holds a chair in Security Engineering at Cambridge University.
They will be talking about:
How the ID card scheme and the database behind it, the National Identity Register; will let the government into your life more than ever before;
How joining up computer systems for official convenience threatens your personal security  and that of your children ;
How a ‘data-sharing’ system for the NHS  plans to make your most intimate medical details available to half a million people.
NO2ID volunteers and experts will be on hand to answer public and press questions about the details of the various government initiatives that make
up the ‘database state’. The meeting will also explain details of The Big Opt-Out  campaign, which aims to give the public and their GPs the tools
to protect medical confidentiality in the NHS.
Phil Booth, NO2ID’s National Coordinator said:
The Government would like to pretend all its critics are fringe loonies. Let them try that on with our distinguished guests today. People all over Britain are beginning to wake up to the database state that’s encroaching all around them. The message of this meeting is: it can be stopped, if only people stand up and say they have had enough.
Notes for editors
1. “Civil liberty vs. the database state” at Lecture Theatre One, Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College, Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London SW7.
7.00pm – 9.00pm. Open to all. Entrance is free, but some seats will be reserved for press: contact Michael Parker (Press Officer,
email@example.com) on 07773 376 166.
2. NO2ID is the national campaign against ID cards and the database state. It is independent of all political parties and principally funded by
voluntary donations. See http://www.no2id.net
3. The Identity Cards Act 2006 became law in April, and the government is due to issue an “Identity Management Action Plan” some time before Christmas explaining further how it proposes to nationalise control of individual identities. See: http://news.zdnet.co.uk/security/0,1000000189,39284202,00.htm
NO2ID’s call for the repeal of the Act is supported by all opposition parties except the UUP.
4. For example, the UK government has incorporated RFID-type chips into British passports. Yet the US Department for Homeland Security recently
concluded: “… for other applications related to human beings, RFID appears to offer little benefit when compared to the consequences it brings for privacy and data integrity. Instead, it increases risks to personal privacy and security, with no commensurate benefit for performance or national security.” – http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/privacy/privacy_advcom_rpt_rfid_draft.pdf
5. For example: “Report raises child index alarm”, Kablenet, 22 November 2006:
6. The multi-billion pound Connecting for Health programme. See, for example: BBC, GPs threaten to snub NHS database – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/6167924.stm
7. See http://www.TheBigOptOut.org/ – attendees will be urged to notify their GPs that they do not consent to their personal health information being uploaded to NHS central systems.