UK NO2ID e-petition

By EDRi · November 17, 2004

A large group of UK-based rights organisations, including EDRI-member FIPR
and Privacy International, has launched a formal e-petition against
governmental plans to introduce ID-cards. The petition (open to UK
residents only) closes at 19 November, timed to precede the speech of the
Queen on 23 November 2004. Almost 1.000 individuals have endorsed the
petition, that calls on the Prime Minister and the government to
immediately cease all further development of, and legislation for,
national identity cards and the National Identity Register.

The petition says: “We believe the proposals constitute an attack on
individual rights and freedoms. We believe they will lead to institutional
discrimination and to unfair and unlawful denial of benefits and services.
We believe the proposals will lead to an increase in state control and
surveillance over the individual, and that they will create an
unacceptable imposition on every citizen.”

Popular support for ID-cards is rapidly dropping. According to statistics
from the Home Office, this summer only 31% of the public was in favour,
but a considerably higher 48% was against. This won’t stop the government
from introducing it rapidly, in the Queen’s speech. Mark Littlewood,
National Co-ordinator of the NO2ID coalition, says: “Rumour has it that
Tony Blair and David Blunkett will try to slip their ID card proposal in
through the back door by losing it in the detail of anti-crime,
anti-terrorist legislation.”

Petition against ID-card

Home office statistics (page 12, October 2004)

Analysis Privacy International ‘UK ID Card moving forward despite
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