NO2ID are organising an online petition against the Government's contoversial , expensive, privacy threatening and ultimately useless Compulsory ID Card and Centralised Biometric Database schemes.
Bearing in mind the disheartening experiences of STAND, when they organised a web page for individuals to email their responses to the Home Office's so called Entitlement Card consultation, where several thousand individual responses were treated by the Government spin doctors as a single petition, NO2ID are hoping to use some new Government online petition rules to get an official response from Number 10 Downing Street.
The NO2ID Petition closes on November 19th 2004, in time for the Queen's Speech on 23rd November in which it is likely that the full ID Card Bill will be announced.
Closing date, 19th Nov 2004
(i.e. in time for the Queen's Speech on the 23rd)
We, the undersigned residents of the United Kingdom, petition the Prime Minister and the government to immediately cease all further development of, and legislation for, national identity cards and the National Identity Register.
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. We believe the proposals are unlawful under the principles of the European Convention on Human Rights that guarantee every person the fundamental right to privacy.
We believe the identity proposals will lead to an endemic loss of privacy and freedoms. We believe they will present dangers to marginalised, disenfranchised and disadvantaged people. We also believe that an identity scheme will imperil the relations between citizen and state.
Furthermore, we believe that even if these principled concerns had been fully addressed, that the government's proposals would still constitute an enormous waste of financial resources and would achieve little or no tangible benefits.
For these reasons we urge the government to fully abandon the proposals"
NO2ID Petition website: http://www.no2id-petition.net/