Civil Disobedience or lulz with the 2011 UK Census Form

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The propaganda from the Office for National Statistics claims, falsely, that you must fill in your Census Form, so that the Government can "plan" the doling out of taxpayers' money for new hospitals or schools etc. The last 2001 Census and the mismanagement of public finances thereafter by the then Labour government, proves that this is claim is simply untrue.

However, in a time of budget cuts, due to the financial disaster caused by Gordon Brown and his Labour party colleagues, it is more likely that Census Information will be used to "justify" cuts in in budgets and services by the current Conservative / Liberal Democrat coalition government.

Anybody who believes that, for example, answering Question 13 "How is your health in general", will somehow magically lead to an increase in funding for their local National Health Service is utterly wrong.

It is was technically illegal to complete your Census Form and send it by post or via the internet, before Sunday 27th March 2011, despite the Office for National Statistics propaganda.

This year's Census, unlike previous ones, no longer has absolute legal protection from the demands by other Government departments and agencies (including foreign government agencies) for the Sensitive personal Data which the Census Form requires.

See previous Spy Blog articles e.g. Indy Letters page - Glen Watson confirms lack of Census 2011 confidentiality legal powers

It is not that the Office for National Statistics will willingly compromise your individual privacy and security, they no longer have any legal powers to prevent individual or mass database trawling and copying by other Government agencies.

It is actually the British government which is more of a threat to your personal privacy and security, than the involvement of Lockheed Martin, the US defense contractor, a division of which is the prime contractor in this year's Census (they also did the 2001 Census).

Why make it easier for them to put your privacy and security at risk ?

Here are some suggestions for civil disobedience or just traditional British bloody mindedness when faced by bureaucratic red tape, or for pranksterish lulz, short of an outright refusal to comply with filling in the Census Form and returning it, under the threat of a criminal record and a fine of up to £1000.

Whether the extra manual work which these suggestions may cause has already been budgeted for, or whether it will marginally decrease the profits of Lockheed Martin, remains to be seen:

Census Form suggestions:

  1. "Accidentally" cut off the individual page tracking barcodes
  2. Do not use blue or black ink
  3. Use joined up writing
  4. Use "The Occupier" or other pseudonyms
  5. SQL Injection statements
  6. Return the Census Form in a non-windowed envelope
  7. Send some or all of your junk mail to ONS via FREEPOST
  8. Individual Census Forms
  9. Terrorism Act 2000 section 58A Eliciting, publishing or communicating information about members of armed forces etc
  10. Partial Post Codes
  11. Data Protection Act 1998 section 10 Right to prevent processing likely to cause damage or distress.
  12. Tick all of the checkboxes
  13. Do Not Sign the Census Form
  14. Assert your own Copyright - All Rights Reserved, to your own Personal Information
  15. Return the Form as Late As Possible
  16. Do not cooperate with "non-compliance" spies
  17. Do not cooperate with "non-compliance" spies
  18. Complete both a paper and a slightly different online web Census Form


Please feed back any further suggestions, either here in the (anonymous) blog Comments or via email to blog@spy.org.uk (PGP encryption key available)

If enough people can cast doubt on the statistical validity of the Census, because of civil disobedience caused by its intrusive, security risking questions and the lack of legal assurance of absolute confidentiality from other government departmental snooping and data trawling, then perhaps then next Census will be radically shorter, simpler and less expensive.


"Accidentally" cut off the individual page tracking barcodes

Opening the Census Form envelope with scissors and somehow "accidentally" cutting off the bottom centimetre or so i.e. the white footer which contains the page numbers and the barcodes which individually identify each page.

The paper Census Form envelopes are to be semi-automatically slit open and then guillotined along the spine of the booklet to remove the metal staples, into separate A4 pages for the US made scanning equipment to cope with. Scanned page images can be stitched together electronically using this barcode (e.g. when a scanner jams or is stopped part way through an individual form) a system which was used in the 2001 Census.

However, this year, for the first time, the individual page barcode tracking is also to be fed in to the Questionnaire Tracking database to try to hunt down "non-compliance".

There are up to two barcodes at the bottom of each page - one is simply a pre-printed Page Number which appear on each side of each sheet e.g. 101001 for page 1, 101002 for page 2 etc. Presumably the scanner reads both sides of an A4 sheet at the same time, as the overprinted unique 10 digit barcode only appears on one side of each A4 sheet

Unlike many forms used by the financial industry e.g. credit card payment giro transfers etc. there are no instructions such as "Please do not write or mark below this line" protecting the individual page tracking barcodes at the bottom of each page.

By "accidentally" cutting off or overwriting these page tracking barcodes, you will cause the Lockheed Martin worker drones to have to do some manual work in checking the form.

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Do not use blue or black ink

Page 2 says "This questionnaire will be scanned by a computer"

The instructions say "you should" rather than "you must under penalty of prosecution".

Therefore, presumably, there is no penalty if you disobey this guidance, provided that you do technically fill in the Census Form.:

"use black or blue ink to answer"

Why should you ? For £500 million, they could and should have bought some colour scanners.

N.B. the project has actually spent £6.5 million on IBML ImageTrak IV (superceded last April 2010 by the ImageTrac 3exp model) scanners - see http://www.ibml.com and http://www.ibml-news.com/spring-2010/latest-news. IBML are based in Birmingham, Alabama, USA.

These sophisticated high volume scanners should be not be easily confused by non- black or blue ink.

Older scanning technology used to insist on pencil marks rather than ink.

In order to test the sophistication of the US technology and to give the bored Lockheed Martin employees in the Manchester Trafford Park data capture centre something to check manually, you could:

  • Use a hard 4H ultra fine pencil (very thin lines) or a soft and smudgy 4B pencil or charcoal pencil.
  • Use Red or Green ink - if you are colour blind, how can you be always expected to tell the difference from Blue ?
  • Use Purple ink which closely matches the purple / mauve colour of the Census Form
  • Use blood (animal or human ?) , as some of our readers are wont to do.
    Li>Use a lot of ink e.g. a fountain pen, quill pen, permanent marker etc. so that the ink soaks through to the back pages

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Use joined up writing

I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own.

Patrick MacGoohan, The Prisoner tv series

Again, in order to make things more difficult and perhaps more expensive for the Office for National Statistics and Lockheed Martin, there is no reason why you should unnaturally force yourself to try to squeeze your handwriting into the boxes provided on the Census Form.

These could easily have been printed at twice the size they are, especially if there were far fewer Questions, just like both the USA and Canada have done with their most recent censuses.

Use joined up handwriting and do not feel guilty about your writing straying outside of the printed boxes.

e.g. Question 3 "What is your date of birth ?" could be answered, with joined up handwriting, just like on the old historical Census Forms as:

"First of April, Nineteen Eighty Four" rather than "01" "04" "1984" which is what they are trying to force you to do, for their benefit, not yours.

If the expensive and sophisticated Optical Scanning system cannot then automatically read what you have written, then so what ? Human operators will then have to manually read what you have written, something which may relieve the boredom of their temporary jobs.


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Use "The Occupier" or other pseudonyms

Given that there is a barcode number and a unique random Personal Internet Access Code printed on the paper form , there should actually be no reason to fill in your Name correctly or legibly.

You are literally a number to the Census system, not a human individual and they will be using their specially improved, up to date property Address Register (which they intend to sell / give back to their private sector partners who helped to compile it) combined with the barcode and or the Internet Access Code to run a Questionnaire Tracking Database to target those people who have not returned a Census form.

Since they claim that they will never reveal your Personal Information, they cannot have any legitimate, statistical use for your Name, so it is not "necessary in a democratic society" as per the Human Rights Act 1998 / European Convention on Human Rights Article 8 Privacy

You could simply fill in some or all or your Census Form barcode number or the Personal Internet Access Code, in place of your real name.

Despite the efforts of the previous, authoritarian, Big Brother / Nanny State Labour Government and its now repealed Identity Cards Act 2006, it is still perfectly legal to use any Name that you wish, provided that you do not intend to defraud anyone. This is especially true for married women and those who use professional or stage names e.g.

The wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair is simultaneously, and perfectly legally known as either Mrs. Cherie Blair or , when acting as a barrister or Recorder (a type of Judge) in Court as Ms. Cherie Booth QC i.e her maiden name.

Perhaps there will be many people calling themselves "Spartacus" or "Luther Blisset" on this Census Form

You could choose to use the same pseudonym which the ONS used to successfully send you ("The Occupier") the Census Form. So in answer to Question H3: First Name: The and Last Name: Occupier

If you decide not to have an individual Census Form, then you could fill Question H3 with
First Name: Person Last Name: 1
First Name: Person Last Name: 2
First Name: Person Last Name: 3
First Name: Person Last Name: 4
First Name: Person Last Name: 5
First Name: Person Last Name: 6

If there , for example two people in a household, there is no reason that the second person should submit to being categorised as Person 2, they could choose to have say the Person 6 section filled in instead.

If the ONS have designed and tested their computer software properly, this should make no difference to the final statistics, but each cumulative act of disobedience to the Census Form, conveys your opposition to the intrusive bureaucracy, whilst staying within the letter of the law.

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SQL Injection statements

For those of you who work or play with databases:

In theory, if ONS have designed and security penetration tested their backend Oracle database systems correctly, as they claim to have done, there should be no problems caused by writing SQL Injection code

As part of your name or address fields etc.on either the paper Census Form or the Online web form.you could include text such as:

'drop table name (note the leading single quote character) or 'drop table address

Alternatively the faster and more permanent (because there is no Rollback)

'truncate table name or 'truncate table address etc.

You would need to guess or have a whistleblower insider (hint hint) reveal the actual database table names being used, for this to have a chance of working.

In the unlikely event that such commands are not filtered out and do actually cause any problems, either to the front end web servers or to the middleware application servers or to the backend database servers, or the output to microfiche systems, that means that these systems would also be vulnerable to unauthorised access and / or data modification hacking by insiders.

In such a case, then the individual managers and senior civil servants at the Office for National Statistics must be prosecuted under the Data Protection Act 1998, which they claim to comply with. They should also be prosecuted for misfeasance in public office.

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Return the Census Form in a non-windowed envelope

The Royal Mail has been equipped with barcode scanners which will feed into the Questionnaire Tracking database by scanning the barcode through the cellophane window of the provided envelope.

However, as the form says, if you have lost the supplied envelope, you can simply write "FREEPOST 2011 Census, Processing Centre, UK" on any other, non-windowed envelope instead.

There are no instructions, or penalties, for returning the Census Form in a standard non-windowed envelope i.e. one where you have to fold the Census Form to fit (which will again cause the scanning systems some extra manual work).

If you are returning the paper Census Form , you could "accidentally" insert it into the pre-paid Freepost envelope so that the Questionnaire Tracking barcode is not visible through the cellophane window i.e. upside down or back to front.

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Send some or all of your junk mail to ONS via FREEPOST

You may be fed up with junk mail delivered by the Royal Mail, who are profiting from the Census Form contract. You could use the "FREEPOST 2011 Census, Processing Centre, UK" magic words to send the ONS some of of your junk mail, after carefully removing your name and address etc.

You could just fill the provided pre-paid Census Form Envelope with junk mail.

The Census Forms are meant to be pulped and disposed of in an environmentally friendly fashion, after they have been scanned onto encrypted disks and then output onto microfiche so perhaps they will be kind enough to do the same with your junk mail.

If you are fan of the CSI tv series, you may also decide to take precautions against leaving fingerprints, fibre, dust, hair or DNA samples or characteristic scissor tool marks, easily traced envelopes or other forensic evidence.

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Individual Census Forms

Then the Lord said to Cain, 'Where is your brother Abel ?' Cain answered 'I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper ?' Genesis chapter 4, verse 9

Although much of the Census Data will be out of date even before it is analysed and published, some bits of it will remain valid and potentially dangerous to you and your family for the rest of your lives e.g. the information about your relationship with other members of your household.

This was not much of a problem in previous Censuses, but this time, it should be examined in the light of Speculative Familial DNA database trawling, a real technique which is often seen on the entertaining (if inaccurate) US television imports like CSI or NCIS. A partial match of some of the alleles in a DNA "fingerprint" can betray your brother or sister or mother or father, some time in the future.

On its own this is not enough to cause problems to the innocent, but if combined with access to the Personal Information relationship data from the Census Form, no matter how old, then whole families and tribes and ethnic groups will be put under suspicion unnecessarily.

If you demand and use Individual Census forms, then you do not have to betray or confirm any relationships between people over the age of 16 in the same household on Census Day.

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Terrorism Act 2000 section 58A Eliciting, publishing or communicating information about members of armed forces etc

If you are a current or even a former member of the Armed Forces, of the Intelligence Agencies (MI5 the Security Service, MI6 the Secret Intelligence Service or GCHQ) or a Police Constable, regardless of whether you have retired or have been fired in disgrace, you can take advantage of the authoritarian previous Labour government's stupidly worded anti-terrorism legislation..

The Census Form demands that you fill in your personal household name, address (including whether this is an "Armed forces base address"), date of birth and similar details about your family members ls (Questions It also demands details about your occupation or former occupation details i.e. "full and specific job title", brief description of what you do (did), main activity of your employer, name of the organisation you work (worked) for, address of your workplace, how you travel to work in Questions 32 to 40 and also the questions about your race / ethnic background and religion.

This is clearly falls under

Terrorism Act 2000 section 58A Eliciting, publishing or communicating information about members of armed forces etc


58A Eliciting, publishing or communicating information about members of armed forces etc

(1)A person commits an offence who--

(a) elicits or attempts to elicit information about an individual who is or has been--

(i) a member of Her Majesty's forces,

(ii) a member of any of the intelligence services, or

(iii) a constable,

which is of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, or

(b) publishes or communicates any such information.

Part of the justification for this stupidly worded bit of law brought into force by the previous Labour government was one case which involved the specific targeting of Muslims serving in the British Armed Forces by terrorists, something which has also applied in the past to Catholic or Protestant members of the British Armed Force or Police in Northern Ireland.

There are several people in prison who only had access to the home address of a single soldier. Daniel Houghton was offering some of these details for about 35 of his former MI6 colleagues with even fewer details for perhaps a hundred MI5 colleagues for £2 million, which the authorities went along with in the sting operation which led to his arrest and prosecution under the Official Secrets Act 1989.

Interestingly, even Daniel Houghton, who had resigned from the Secret Intelligence Service MI6, before his treachery, is covered by this stupidly worded legislation as he is "an individual who is or has been"

This law also applies to "households" which include any members or former members of the the armed forces, police or intelligence agencies e.g. wives or children who work or have worked for these organisations, but where the "householder" who is filling ion the Census Form on their behalf does not fall into those categories.

Instead of answering these Questions, you could, if applicable, write on the Census Form something like::

"Office of National Statistics or Lockheed Martin subcontracted employees face up to 10 years in prison under the "Terrorism Act 2000 section 58A Eliciting, publishing or communicating information about members of armed forces etc" for demanding this information"

N.B. there is an as yet untested reverse burden of proof legal defence

(2) It is a defence for a person charged with an offence under this section to prove that they had a reasonable excuse for their action.

but that only applies once proceedings have reached a Court, after someone had been arrested, fingerprinted, DNA samples, photographed, charged and prosecuted for this Serious Crime.

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Partial Post Codes

If it is good enough for sitting Members of Parliament to hide the exact locations of their Constituency homes or second or third homes from the public, when they stand for re-election, there is no reason to give the exact Street Address and Post Code on the Census Form, either for your employer's address.

This is especially true for Post Codes allocated to large employers e.g.

New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service, Broadway, London, SW1H 0BG

Police constables ( and civilian employees) would be well advised to just use the Post Town and the first 2 to 4 digits of their employer's Post Code on the Census Form i.e. simply, London, SW1H

The Outward Post Code i.e. the first 2 to 4 digits, consisting of the "postcode area of one or two letters, followed by one or two numbers, followed in some parts of London by a letter." is more than ample for any possible Transport or other infrastructure planning which the aggregated Census statistics may ever be used for.

Remember that the Census Address Register database and the Questionnaire Tracking database already have your household Address and Post Code, which the Census Form does not ask you to fill in, regardless of the mistakes which they have already made e.g. not sending a Census Form at all to some properties, or sending a Census Form to a non-human Pay and Display machine in a Car Park near Bournemouth.

There is almost certainly a full Post Code printed on the top left of the front page.

You should obscure this either entirely, or just the Inward Post Code section i.e. the rightmost 3 digits which zoom in on your street or building.

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Data Protection Act 1998 section 10 Right to prevent processing likely to cause damage or distress.

The Data Protection Act 1998 section 10 Right to prevent processing likely to cause damage or distress was introduced to combat abuse by "junk mail" direct marketers etc.and to try to correct some of the cockups caused by negligence and incompetence by Data Controllers.

(1)Subject to subsection (2), an individual is entitled at any time by notice in writing to a data controller to require the data controller at the end of such period as is reasonable in the circumstances to cease, or not to begin, processing, or processing for a specified purpose or in a specified manner, any personal data in respect of which he is the data subject, on the ground that, for specified reasons--

(a)the processing of those data or their processing for that purpose or in that manner is causing or is likely to cause substantial damage or substantial distress to him or to another, and

(b)that damage or distress is or would be unwarranted.

[...]

(3) The data controller must within twenty-one days of receiving a notice under subsection (1) ("the data subject notice") give the individual who gave it a written notice--

(a) stating that he has complied or intends to comply with the data subject notice, or

(b) stating his reasons for regarding the data subject notice as to any extent unjustified and the extent (if any) to which he has complied or intends to comply with it.

There are many groups of people for whom the "data processing" of their personal data on the Census Form will cause Damage or Distress. e.g.

  • The people (or their relatives) who survived the Nazi holocaust or other more recent Database State assisted genocides e.g. in Cambodia, Rwanda or Bosnia

    The Scottish version of the Census Form specifically has tick boxes for Gypsy / Irish Traveller or Polish ethnicity. This is insulting and distressing to those people who have family members who suffered racial discrimination and genocide as a result of the Censuses taken by the Nazis from the conquered countries of Europe during World War 2. It is irrelevant that the current Census is not intended for use as an aid to genocide, it could be so be used in the future, just like the Censuses in Europe of the 1930's were in the past.

  • Pacifists and anti-American activists who object the involvement of the Lockheed Martin defence contractor in the UK Census at all. Thee major data privacy risk comes not from their involvement, but from the data sharing exclusions which exempt other British government departments and agencies from any legal action by the ONS to prevent them from exercising their own data grabbing legal power.

  • People who need to keep their names and addresses secret, because of real or perceived threats of violence or blackmail against them or their families. Apart from the current and former members of the Armed Force, Police Constables and members of the Intelligence Services mentioned above under the Terrorism Act 2000 section 58A, there are plenty of other categories of people at risk e.g.

    • Judges and prosecutors in Terrorist or major Serious Organised Criminal Gang trials,
    • Prison governors and warders,
    • People in Witness Protection Schemes,
    • Battered wives or girlfriends hiding from violent ex-partners or stalkers, etc.

Just write to the Data Controller quoting the "Data Protection Act 1998 section 10 Right to prevent processing likely to cause damage or distress" and they must reply within twenty one days.

The Data Controller for the Census is "The Statistics Board", a member of which is Jil Matheson, the National Statistician (whose signature appears on the front of the Census Form)

The entry on the Information Commissioner's Office's Register of Data Controller#is :

Registration Number: Z1404686

Date Registered: 18 July 2008 Registration Expires: 17 July 2011

Data Controller: STATISTICS BOARD

Address:

GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS
CARDIFF ROAD
NEWPORT
GWENT
NP10 8XG

Other Names:

ONS
OFFICE FOR NATIONAL STATISTICS
UK STATISTICS AUTHORITY

[...]

You will need to send a letter in writing, rather than via email, but unlike a Data Protection Act Subject Access request, there is no fee to be paid.

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Tick all of the checkboxes

The paper Census Form, can, of course be filled in with all of the checkboxes ticked, rendering the intrusive snooping data statistics useless.

The Online Web Form, attempts to force you to complete every Question and it offers two standard web form methods of completing multiple choice answers. You are forced to make a Radio Button choice for say, Question,.

However, in spite of the ONS claims that it has been properly tested and designed, controversial Questions like Question 20 on religion, use checkboxes and allow you to fill in at least one or all of them.

Where a checkbox indicates "Other", there is another field to fill in, which the web form JavaScript verification forces you to fill in something e.g. Jedi in the" Any other religion, write in" section of Question 20 as well as ticking some or all of the other choices.

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Do Not Sign the Census Form

There is a personal security risk in physically signing a paper form, which will be image scanned and stored on a database.

The Land Registry had to take offline from the world wide web their image scans of Property Deeds, because the personal details, address details and scanned signatures were being used by criminals to forge fraudulent property transfers mortgage applications.

Given that the Questionnaire Tracking system does not care about you as a human being, there is no need for you to put your real signature to the paper Census Form.

If you feel that you have to sign, then you should use a unique signature and / or pseudonym, very different from your usual signature, so that any future abuse of this image by corrupt insiders, will be obvious, and will not put your finances at risk.

The Online Census web form has no method for using a cryptographic Digital Signature.

They assume that the individual Internet Access Code printed on the front of the Census Form, is somehow sufficient.

Interestingly, you can partially complete the Online Census Form, and save your Answers to the Questions and resume at a later date.

However if you do not complete the final step to Submit the for, your complete or partially complete Answers will be automatically submitted when the website closes some time in May 2011.

There fore there is no need to cooperate with the ONS and actually "sign" / submit the Census Form electronically.

Obviously you do not need to provide a telephone number on the front cover either.

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Assert your own Copyright - All Rights Reserved, to your own Personal Information

The attempts by the Office for National Statistics to claim that they actually own your Sensitive Personal Data is a creepy legal nonsense.

They may own the Copyright, or rather Crown Copyright may apply, to their own scanned Census Form images and data processed databases, but they must not be allowed to pretend that they have any property rights over your name or address or any of the other information which you may choose to supply to them.

This attempted expropriation, without financial compensation, of the ownership of your personal data can probably be challenged under the Human Rights Act / European Convention on Human Rights.

Remind these overzealous bureaucrats that you , "The Occupier" / barcode number / Real Name etc. retain Copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved, not them.

Similarly, ONS have no legal rights to the perhaps Trademarked Names of companies or organisations mentioned in the Employment Questions section.

They must not be allowed to give away for free or to sell name and address lists, or lists of job title cross referenced with company names or geographical addresses or post codes etc.

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Return the Form as Late As Possible

There is no legal obligation to rush to complete the Census Form immediately

The million or so responses which ONS claim to have already received before the official Census Day on Sunday 27th March 2011 are technically illegal - how do you know, for sure, exactly who will be even alive then ?

presumably the ONS and Lockheed Martin consortium systems will be geared up for an initial peak demand , in the week after Census Day.

If you delay until say mid-April, they may have to retain extra temporary staff and computer infrastructure for longer than planned.

This could lead to reduced profits by Lockheed Martin, especially if they have to send out human "non-compliance" spies to visit your address

Post your Census Form (either inserted backwards so that the Tracking Barcode is not visible or in a different Freepost addressed envelope without any cellophane window) on , say 6th April or later.

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Do not cooperate with "non-compliance" spies

You may be unlucky enough to be "followed up" by the temporary army of "non-compliance" spies have been recruited by the Office for National Statistics. They will start to work from lists of addresses compiled from the Questionnaire Tracking database , from about 6th April onwards until May.

In previous years the "Census Takers" used to visit your home and actually fill in the form for you, presumably because of higher levels of illiteracy amongst the population.

This is now considered too expensive and , very obviously, far too intrusive and the army iof temporary workers are supposedly only there to help vulnerable members of the public or those wiithout adequate English (or Welsh) language skills.

Several Local Councils and Police Forces have already issued warnings about "bogus census callers", who are likely to use the opportunity for "distraction burglaries" or intimidation of vulnerable people at the doorstep. If you are suspicious of such door to door callers, then call the Police.

Most of the 38 prosecutions for "non-compliance" after the 2001 Census were against people who threatened or abused visiting Census Takers, so provided that you are polite, or simply tell them that the "Census Form is in the mail", they will go away satisfied that they have done their low paid, temporary job.

Much more likely is that they will simply post a card through your letterbox claiming that they tried to contact you , but that you were out.

All they are supposed to do is to "remind" people to complete or return their Census Forms and to act as a conduit for new copies of Census Forms if required by people who feel that they must cooperate with the Census (probably the majority of people)

If you are unlucky enough to be confronted by one of these temporary workers, especially ones who may have been sent to "investigate" your "non-compliance", remember that they have no legal powers to demand your Name etc. or to enter your property.


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Complete both a paper and a slightly different online web Census Form

You should be able to add to the confusion of the Office for National Statistics bureaucracy and to the human intervention extra processing costs to the Lockheed Martin consortium, by taking advantage of both the paper and the onliine web site versions of the Census Form.

  • Make sure that you provide slightly different details in each version. e.g. Occupation: "Environmental Health Pest Control Officer" on one version, but "Rat Catcher" onthe other.

  • Change your Ethnicity slightly between the two versions, especially if you are not a pure blood vampire or aryan race supremacist

  • Do not sign the the paper version.

  • Do not complete the final "submit" step on the online web form - your saved Answers to the Questions will be automatically submitted when the website is closed down.

  • Remember to use Tor or other techniques to hide your IP Address and web browser details etc. from the online Census Form web server logfiles.



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Some other campaigners, who object to the involvement of Lockheed Martin in the UK Census, have also independently come up with the idea of forcing potentially expensive manual interventions by human temporary workers, rather than cooperating with the inhuman Optical Character Recognition computer machinery:

Peace News Log:

How to Fill In Your Census Form without Lockheed Martin Profiting (long version)

Another anti-Census website, again with a focus on anti-Lockheed Martin involvemen, but with some useful resources:

http://www.countmeout.me.uk/

or

https://network23.org/countmeout/

There is a Facebook campaign with 35,000 followers to promote Heavy Metal as an answer to the voluntary but intrusive question on Religion:

https://www.facebook.com/heavymetal2011census

http://www.peacenewslog.info/2011/03/how-to-fill-in-your-census-form-without-lockheed-martin-profiting-long-version/

Has some detailed analysis and some similar suggestions about barcodes and ticking multiple boxes etc., all with the aim of increasing the amount of human intervention and therefore potentially reducing the profits of Lockheed Martin and their subcontractors.

@ stan - the census in general does not breach the Human Rights Act / ECHR Article 8 right to privacy and family life, but some bits of this year's extra intrusive Census, certainly seem to, as they are not actually "necessary in a democratic society", even if they might be sometimes convenient for bureaucrats.

Unfortunately it would take a legal test case, lasting several years, to get the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to rule on this, whilst ONS will be able to blow unlimited taxpayers' money on their legal team to defend their position.

Reagarding barcodes - see the very first suggestion in the list:

"Accidentally" cut off the individual page tracking barcodes

If you demand and use Individual Census forms, then you do not have to betray or confirm any relationships between people over the age of 16 in the same household on Census Day."

If we use individual forms, fine, but this "collective" form still has to be sent in.....so I dont see how we avoid the relationships section.

@ Chris - just do not fill in the Individual Questions 1 (which betrays the relationships) to 43.

They clearly state on page 2 of the Household Questionnaire "Will you need extra questionnaires":

If any member of the household aged 16 or over does not want to disclose their information to others in the household, you can request an Individual Questionnaire. Remember to include these people in Household questions (H1 to H14) on this questionnaire, but leave blank their Individual questions (1 - 43)


@ Tenchy - see our FOIA request:

Office for National Statistics - Census Data Personal Information disclosures made under the SRSA 2007 s.39 exemptions

This is a combined Response to the two Freedom of Information Acts requests about the Census and the Statistics and Registration Services Act 2007 section 39 exemptions, which remove the absolute legal ban on the disclosure of Personal Information under the Census Act 1920.

The good news is that ONS claim not to have ever betrayed any of our Personal Information from the 2001 Census or from earlier ones.
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Just because other Government Departments and Law Enforcement or Intelligence Agencies, do not yet appear to have used the SRSA 2007 s.39 legal exemption statutory gateway to access the raw Census Data Personal Information, it does not mean that, given the advances in Data Warehousing and the reckless rush towards secret Data Sharing which has happened in the last 10 years, they will always neglect to do so.

Some of the Census Data Personal Information is out of date even before it is analysed, but some of it e.g. familial relationship data (potentially abusable for National DNA Database familial DNA data trawling), the racial profiling and the (voluntary) religion questions (the databases that can be used for "positive" discrimination and checking for compliance with Equalities legislation are also useful tools for the persecution of minorities or for genocide), could be abused any time in the future, for the rest of your life and beyond.

Since according to this FOIA response, the SRSA 2007 s.39 exemption powers have never been successfully invoked, they are, to use the Human Rights Act / ECHR Article 8 wording, obviously not "necessary in a democratic society"

The Office of National Statistics spokesmen and the Ministers nominally in political control of them i.e. Francis Maude at the Cabinet Office, should be asked to state whether they agree that the SRSA 2007 s.39 should be repealed, in the Protection of Freedoms Bill or other Coalition government legislation.

By the time that the SRSA came into force in 2008, the 2001 census data was already very out of date, which, combined with its obscurity, is probably why other Government Departments and Agencies failed to make use of it.

"Census returns by post deliver more than expected"

http://2011.census.gov.uk/en/index.php?content_id=1773

Out of the millions of completed census questionnaires being sent back to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), some of the envelopes open up to reveal much more.

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Here are just some of the items that have found their way into census envelopes:

* Cash and cheques
* A credit card
* Passports
* A set of Deeds
* Certificates
* A completed driving licence application form
* Photographs of family
* A drawing of the Queen
* Letters

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This United Kingdom based blog attempts to draw public attention to, and comments on, some of the current trends in ever cheaper and more widespread surveillance technology being deployed to satisfy the rapacious demand by state and corporate bureaucracies and criminals for your private details, and the technological ignorance of our politicians and civil servants who frame our legal systems.

The hope is that you the readers, will help to insist that strong safeguards for the privacy of the individual are implemented, especially in these times of increased alert over possible terrorist or criminal activity. If the systems which should help to protect us can be easily abused to supress our freedoms, then the terrorists will have won.

We know that there are decent, honest, trustworthy individual politicians, civil servants, law enforcement, intelligence agency personnel and broadcast, print and internet journalists etc., who often feel powerless or trapped in the system. They need the assistance of external, detailed, informed, public scrutiny to help them to resist deliberate or unthinking policies, which erode our freedoms and liberties.

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Hints and Tips for Whistleblowers and Political Dissidents

Please take the appropriate precautions if you are planning to blow the whistle on shadowy and powerful people in Government or commerce, and their dubious policies. The mainstream media and bloggers also need to take simple precautions to help preserve the anonymity of their sources e.g. see Spy Blog's Hints and Tips for Whistleblowers - or use this easier to remember link: http://ht4w.co.uk

BlogSafer - wiki with multilingual guides to anonymous blogging

Digital Security & Privacy for Human Rights Defenders manual, by Irish NGO Frontline Defenders.

Everyone’s Guide to By-Passing Internet Censorship for Citizens Worldwide (.pdf - 31 pages), by the Citizenlab at the University of Toronto.

Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents - March 2008 version - (2.2 Mb - 80 pages .pdf) by Reporters Without Borders

Reporters Guide to Covering the Beijing Olympics by Human Rights Watch.

A Practical Security Handbook for Activists and Campaigns (v 2.6) (.doc - 62 pages), by experienced UK direct action political activists

Anonymous Blogging with Wordpress & Tor - useful step by step guide with software configuration screenshots by Ethan Zuckerman at Global Voices Advocacy. (updated March 10th 2009 with the latest Tor / Vidalia bundle details)

Links

Watching Them, Watching Us

London 2600

Our UK Freedom of Information Act request tracking blog

WikiLeak.org - ethical and technical discussion about the WikiLeaks.org project for anonymous mass leaking of documents etc.

Privacy and Security

Privacy International
United Kingdom Privacy Profile (2011)

Cryptome - censored or leaked government documents etc.

Identity Project report by the London School of Economics
Surveillance & Society the fully peer-reviewed transdisciplinary online surveillance studies journal

Statewatch - monitoring the state and civil liberties in the European Union

The Policy Laundering Project - attempts by Governments to pretend their repressive surveillance systems, have to be introduced to comply with international agreements, which they themselves have pushed for in the first place

International Campaign Against Mass Surveillance

ARCH Action Rights for Children in Education - worried about the planned Children's Bill Database, Connexions Card, fingerprinting of children, CCTV spy cameras in schools etc.

Foundation for Information Policy Research
UK Crypto - UK Cryptography Policy Discussion Group email list

Technical Advisory Board on internet and telecomms interception under RIPA

European Digital Rights

Open Rights Group - a UK version of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a clearinghouse to raise digital rights and civil liberties issues with the media and to influence Governments.

Digital Rights Ireland - legal case against mandatory EU Comms Data Retention etc.

Blindside - "What’s going to go wrong in our e-enabled world? " blog and wiki and Quarterly Report will supposedly be read by the Cabinet Office Central Sponsor for Information Assurance. Whether the rest of the Government bureaucracy and the Politicians actually listen to the CSIA, is another matter.

Biometrics in schools - 'A concerned parent who doesn't want her children to live in "1984" type society.'

Human Rights

Liberty Human Rights campaigners

British Institute of Human Rights
Amnesty International
Justice

Prevent Genocide International

asboconcern - campaign for reform of Anti-Social Behavior Orders

Front Line Defenders - Irish charity - Defenders of Human Rights Defenders

Internet Censorship

OpenNet Initiative - researches and measures the extent of actual state level censorship of the internet. Features a blocked web URL checker and censorship map.

Committee to Protect Bloggers - "devoted to the protection of bloggers worldwide with a focus on highlighting the plight of bloggers threatened and imprisoned by their government."

Reporters without Borders internet section - news of internet related censorship and repression of journalists, bloggers and dissidents etc.

Judicial Links

British and Irish Legal Information Institute - publishes the full text of major case Judgments

Her Majesty's Courts Service - publishes forthcoming High Court etc. cases (but only in the next few days !)

House of Lords - The Law Lords are currently the supreme court in the UK - will be moved to the new Supreme Court in October 2009.

Information Tribunal - deals with appeals under FOIA, DPA both for and against the Information Commissioner

Investigatory Powers Tribunal - deals with complaints about interception and snooping under RIPA - has almost never ruled in favour of a complainant.

Parliamentary Opposition

The incompetent yet authoritarian Labour party have not apologised for their time in Government. They are still not providing any proper Opposition to the current Conservative - Liberal Democrat coalition government, on any freedom or civil liberties or privacy or surveillance issues.

UK Government

Home Office - "Not fit for purpose. It is inadequate in terms of its scope, it is inadequate in terms of its information technology, leadership, management systems and processes" - Home Secretary John Reid. 23rd May 2006. Not quite the fount of all evil legislation in the UK, but close.

No. 10 Downing Street Prime Minister's Official Spindoctors

Public Bills before Parliament

United Kingdom Parliament
Home Affairs Committee of the House of Commons.

House of Commons "Question Book"

UK Statute Law Database - is the official revised edition of the primary legislation of the United Kingdom made available online, but it is not yet up to date.

FaxYourMP - identify and then fax your Member of Parliament
WriteToThem - identify and then contact your Local Councillors, members of devolved assemblies, Member of Parliament, Members of the European Parliament etc.
They Work For You - House of Commons Hansard made more accessible ? UK Members of the European Parliament

Read The Bills Act - USA proposal to force politicians to actually read the legislation that they are voting for, something which is badly needed in the UK Parliament.

Bichard Inquiry delving into criminal records and "soft intelligence" policies highlighted by the Soham murders. (taken offline by the Home Office)

ACPO - Association of Chief Police Officers - England, Wales and Northern Ireland
ACPOS Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland

Online Media

Boing Boing

Need To Know [now defunct]

The Register

NewsNow Encryption and Security aggregate news feed
KableNet - UK Government IT project news
PublicTechnology.net - UK eGovernment and public sector IT news
eGov Monitor

Ideal Government - debate about UK eGovernment

NIR and ID cards

Stand - email and fax campaign on ID Cards etc. [Now defunct]. The people who supported stand.org.uk have gone on to set up other online tools like WriteToThem.com. The Government's contemptuous dismissal of over 5,000 individual responses via the stand.org website to the Home Office public consultation on Entitlement Cards is one of the factors which later led directly to the formation of the the NO2ID Campaign who have been marshalling cross party opposition to Labour's dreadful National Identity Register compulsory centralised national biometric database and ID Card plans, at the expense of simpler, cheaper, less repressive, more effective, nore secure and more privacy friendly alternative identity schemes.

NO2ID - opposition to the Home Office's Compulsory Biometric ID Card
NO2ID bulletin board discussion forum

Home Office Identity Cards website
No compulsory national Identity Cards (ID Cards) BBC iCan campaign site
UK ID Cards blog
NO2ID press clippings blog
CASNIC - Campaign to STOP the National Identity Card.
Defy-ID active meetings and protests in Glasgow
www.idcards-uk.info - New Alliance's ID Cards page
irefuse.org - total rejection of any UK ID Card

International Civil Aviation Organisation - Machine Readable Travel Documents standards for Biometric Passports etc.
Anti National ID Japan - controversial and insecure Jukinet National ID registry in Japan
UK Biometrics Working Group run by CESG/GCHQ experts etc. the UK Government on Biometrics issues feasability
Citizen Information Project feasability study population register plans by the Treasury and Office of National Statistics

CommentOnThis.com - comments and links to each paragraph of the Home Office's "Strategic Action Plan for the National Identity Scheme".

De-Materialised ID - "The voluntary alternative to material ID cards, A Proposal by David Moss of Business Consultancy Services Ltd (BCSL)" - well researched analysis of the current Home Office scheme, and a potentially viable alternative.

Surveillance Infrastructures

National Roads Telecommunications Services project - infrastruture for various mass surveillance systems, CCTV, ANPR, PMMR imaging etc.

CameraWatch - independent UK CCTV industry lobby group - like us, they also want more regulation of CCTV surveillance systems.

Every Step You Take a documentary about CCTV surveillance in the Uk by Austrian film maker Nino Leitner.

Transport for London an attempt at a technological panopticon - London Congestion Charge, London Low-Emission Zone, Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras, tens of thousands of CCTV cameras on buses, thousands of CCTV cameras on London Underground, realtime road traffic CCTV, Iyster smart cards - all handed over to the Metropolitan Police for "national security" purposes, in real time, in bulk, without any public accountibility, for secret data mining, exempt from even the usual weak protections of the Data Protection Act 1998.

RFID Links

RFID tag privacy concerns - our own original article updated with photos

NoTags - campaign against individual item RFID tags
Position Statement on the Use of RFID on Consumer Products has been endorsed by a large number of privacy and human rights organisations.
RFID Privacy Happenings at MIT
Surpriv: RFID Surveillance and Privacy
RFID Scanner blog
RFID Gazette
The Sorting Door Project

RFIDBuzz.com blog - where we sometimes crosspost RFID articles

Genetic Links

DNA Profiles - analysis by Paul Nutteing
GeneWatch UK monitors genetic privacy and other issues
Postnote February 2006 Number 258 - National DNA Database (.pdf) - Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

The National DNA Database Annual Report 2004/5 (.pdf) - published by the NDNAD Board and ACPO.

Eeclaim Your DNA from Britain's National DNA Database - model letters and advice on how to have your DNA samples and profiles removed from the National DNA Database,in spite of all of the nureacratic obstacles which try to prevent this, even if you are innocent.

Miscellanous Links

Michael Field - Pacific Island news - no longer a paradise
freetotravel.org - John Gilmore versus USA internal flight passports and passenger profiling etc.

The BUPA Seven - whistleblowers badly let down by the system.

Tax Credit Overpayment - the near suicidal despair inflicted on poor, vulnerable people by the then Chancellor Gordon Brown's disasterous Inland Revenue IT system.

Fassit UK - resources and help for those abused by the Social Services Childrens Care bureaucracy

Former Spies

MI6 v Tomlinson - Richard Tomlinson - still being harassed by his former employer MI6

Martin Ingram, Welcome To The Dark Side - former British Army Intelligence operative in Northern Ireland.

Operation Billiards - Mitrokhin or Oshchenko ? Michael John Smith - seeking to overturn his Official Secrets Act conviction in the GEC case.

The Dirty Secrets of MI5 & MI6 - Tony Holland, Michael John Smith and John Symond - stories and chronologies.

Naked Spygirl - Olivia Frank

Blog Links

e-nsecure.net blog - Comments on IT security and Privacy or the lack thereof.
Rat's Blog -The Reverend Rat writes about London street life and technology
Duncan Drury - wired adventures in Tanzania & London
Dr. K's blog - Hacker, Author, Musician, Philosopher

David Mery - falsely arrested on the London Tube - you could be next.

James Hammerton
White Rose - a thorn in the side of Big Brother
Big Blunkett
Into The Machine - formerly "David Blunkett is an Arse" by Charlie Williams and Scribe
infinite ideas machine - Phil Booth
Louise Ferguson - City of Bits
Chris Lightfoot
Oblomovka - Danny O'Brien

Liberty Central

dropsafe - Alec Muffett
The Identity Corner - Stefan Brands
Kim Cameron - Microsoft's Identity Architect
Schneier on Security - Bruce Schneier
Politics of Privacy Blog - Andreas Busch
solarider blog

Richard Allan - former Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam
Boris Johnson Conservative MP for Henley
Craig Murray - former UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan, "outsourced torture" whistleblower

Howard Rheingold - SmartMobs
Global Guerrillas - John Robb
Roland Piquepaille's Technology Trends

Vmyths - debunking computer security hype

Nick Leaton - Random Ramblings
The Periscope - Companion weblog to Euro-correspondent.com journalist network.
The Practical Nomad Blog Edward Hasbrouck on Privacy and Travel
Policeman's Blog
World Weary Detective

Martin Stabe
Longrider
B2fxxx - Ray Corrigan
Matt Sellers
Grits for Breakfast - Scott Henson in Texas
The Green Ribbon - Tom Griffin
Guido Fawkes blog - Parliamentary plots, rumours and conspiracy.
The Last Ditch - Tom Paine
Murky.org
The (e)State of Tim - Tim Hicks
Ilkley Against CCTV
Tim Worstall
Bill's Comment Page - Bill Cameron
The Society of Qualified Archivists
The Streeb-Greebling Diaries - Bob Mottram

Your Right To Know - Heather Brooke - Freedom off Information campaigning journalist

Ministry of Truth _ Unity's V for Vendetta styled blog.

Bloggerheads - Tim Ireland

W. David Stephenson blogs on homeland security et al.
EUrophobia - Nosemonkey

Blogzilla - Ian Brown

BlairWatch - Chronicling the demise of the New Labour Project

dreamfish - Robert Longstaff

Informaticopia - Rod Ward

War-on-Freedom

The Musings of Harry

Chicken Yoghurt - Justin McKeating

The Red Tape Chronicles - Bob Sullivan MSNBC

Campaign Against the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill

Stop the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill

Rob Wilton's esoterica

panGloss - Innovation, Technology and the Law

Arch Rights - Action on Rights for Children blog

Database Masterclass - frequently asked questions and answers about the several centralised national databases of children in the UK.

Shaphan

Moving On

Steve Moxon blog - former Home Office whistleblower and author.

Al-Muhajabah's Sundries - anglophile blog

Architectures of Control in Design - Dan Lockton

rabenhorst - Kai Billen (mostly in German)

Nearly Perfect Privacy - Tiffany and Morpheus

Iain Dale's Diary - a popular Conservative political blog

Brit Watch - Public Surveillance in the UK - Web - Email - Databases - CCTV - Telephony - RFID - Banking - DNA

BLOGDIAL

MySecured.com - smart mobile phone forensics, information security, computer security and digital forensics by a couple of Australian researchers

Ralph Bendrath

Financial Cryptography - Ian Grigg et al.

UK Liberty - A blog on issues relating to liberty in the UK

Big Brother State - "a small act of resistance" to the "sustained and systematic attack on our personal freedom, privacy and legal system"

HosReport - "Crisis. Conspiraciones. Enigmas. Conflictos. Espionaje." - Carlos Eduardo Hos (in Spanish)

"Give 'em hell Pike!" - Frank Fisher

Corruption-free Anguilla - Good Governance and Corruption in Public Office Issues in the British Overseas Territory of Anguilla in the West Indies - Don Mitchell CBE QC

geeklawyer - intellectual property, civil liberties and the legal system

PJC Journal - I am not a number, I am a free Man - The Prisoner

Charlie's Diary - Charlie Stross

The Caucus House - blog of the Chicago International Model United Nations

Famous for 15 Megapixels

Postman Patel

The 4th Bomb: Tavistock Sq Daniel's 7:7 Revelations - Daniel Obachike

OurKingdom - part of OpenDemocracy - " will discuss Britain’s nations, institutions, constitution, administration, liberties, justice, peoples and media and their principles, identity and character"

Beau Bo D'Or blog by an increasingly famous digital political cartoonist.

Between Both Worlds - "Thoughts & Ideas that Reflect the Concerns of Our Conscious Evolution" - Kingsley Dennis

Bloggerheads: The Alisher Usmanov Affair - the rich Uzbek businessman and his shyster lawyers Schillings really made a huge counterproductive error in trying to censor the blogs of Tim Ireland, of all people.

Matt Wardman political blog analysis

Henry Porter on Liberty - a leading mainstream media commentator and opinion former who is doing more than most to help preserve our freedom and liberty.

HMRC is shite - "dedicated to the taxpayers of Britain, and the employees of the HMRC, who have to endure the monumental shambles that is Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC)."

Head of Legal - Carl Gardner a former legal advisor to the Government

The Landed Underclass - Voice of the Banana Republic of Great Britain

Henrik Alexandersson - Swedish blogger threatened with censorship by the Försvarets Radioanstalt (FRA), the Swedish National Defence Radio Establishement, their equivalent of the UK GCHQ or the US NSA.

World's First Fascist Democracy - blog with link to a Google map - "This map is an attempt to take a UK wide, geographical view, of both the public and the personal effect of State sponsored fear and distrust as seen through the twisted technological lens of petty officials and would be bureaucrats nationwide."

Blogoir - Charles Crawford - former UK Ambassodor to Poland etc.

No CCTV - The Campaign against CCTV

Barcode Nation - keeping two eyes on the database state.

Lords of the Blog - group blog by half a dozen or so Peers sitting in the House of Lords.

notes from the ubiquitous surveillance society - blog by Dr. David Murakami Wood, editor of the online academic journal Surveillance and Society

Justin Wylie's political blog

Panopticon blog - by Timothy Pitt-Payne and Anya Proops. Timothy Pitt-Payne is probably the leading legal expert on the UK's Freedom of Information Act law, often appearing on behlaf of the Information Commissioner's Office at the Information Tribunal.

Armed and Dangerous - Sex, software, politics, and firearms. Life’s simple pleasures… - by Open Source Software advocate Eric S. Raymond.

Georgetown Security Law Brief - group blog by the Georgetown Law Center on National Security and the Law , at Georgtown University, Washington D.C, USA.

Big Brother Watch - well connected with the mainstream media, this is a campaign blog by the TaxPayersAlliance, which thankfully does not seem to have spawned Yet Another Campaign Organisation as many Civil Liberties groups had feared.

Spy on Moseley - "Sparkbrook, Springfield, Washwood Heath and Bordesley Green. An MI5 Intelligence-gathering operation to spy on Muslim communities in Birmingham is taking liberties in every sense" - about 150 ANPR CCTV cameras funded by Home Office via the secretive Terrorism and Allied Matters (TAM) section of ACPO.

FitWatch blog - keeps an eye on the activities of some of the controversial Police Forward Intelligence Teams, who supposedly only target "known troublemakers" for photo and video surveillance, at otherwise legal, peaceful protests and demonstrations.

Other Links

Spam Huntress - The Norwegian Spam Huntress - Ann Elisabeth

Fuel Crisis Blog - Petrol over £1 per litre ! Protest !
Mayor of London Blog
London Olympics 2012 - NO !!!!

Cool Britannia

NuLabour

Free Gary McKinnon - UK citizen facing extradition to the USA for "hacking" over 90 US Military computer systems.

Parliament Protest - information and discussion on peaceful resistance to the arbitrary curtailment of freedom of assembly and freedom of speech, in the excessive Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 Designated Area around Parliament Square in London.

Brian Burnell's British / US nuclear weapons history at http://nuclear-weapons.info

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UK Legislation

The United Kingdom suffers from tens of thousands of pages of complicated criminal laws, and thousands of new, often unenforceable criminal offences, which have been created as a "Pretend to be Seen to Be Doing Something" response to tabloid media hype and hysteria, and political social engineering dogmas. These overbroad, catch-all laws, which remove the scope for any judicial appeals process, have been rubber stamped, often without being read, let alone properly understood, by Members of Parliament.

The text of many of these Acts of Parliament are now online, but it is still too difficult for most people, including the police and criminal justice system, to work out the cumulative effect of all the amendments, even for the most serious offences involving national security or terrorism or serious crime.

Many MPs do not seem to bother to even to actually read the details of the legislation which they vote to inflict on us.

UK Legislation Links

UK Statute Law Database - is the official revised edition of the primary legislation of the United Kingdom made available online, but it is not yet up to date.

UK Commissioners

UK Commissioners some of whom are meant to protect your privacy and investigate abuses by the bureaucrats.

UK Intelligence Agencies

Intelligence and Security Committee - the supposedly independent Parliamentary watchdog which issues an annual, heavily censored Report every year or so. Currently chaired by the Conservative Sir Malcolm Rifkind. Why should either the intelligence agencies or the public trust this committee, when the untrustworthy ex-Labour Minister Hazel Blears is a member ?

Anti-terrorism hotline - links removed in protest at the Climate of Fear propaganda posters

MI5 Security Service
MI5 Security Service - links to encrypted reporting form removed in protest at the Climate of Fear propaganda posters

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Secure Your Fertiliser - advice on ammonium nitrate and urea fertiliser security

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Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure - "CPNI provides expert advice to the critical national infrastructure on physical, personnel and information security, to protect against terrorism and other threats."

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Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) recruitment.

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Government Communications Headquarters GCHQ

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Serious Organised Crime Agency - have cut themselves off from direct contact with the public and businesses - no phone - no email

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Defence Advisory (DA) Notice system - voluntary self censorship by the established UK press and broadcast media regarding defence and intelligence topics via the Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee.

Foreign Spies / Intelliegence Agencies in the UK

It is not just the UK government which tries to snoop on British companies, organisations and individuals, the rest of the world is constantly trying to do the same, regardless of the mixed efforts of our own UK Intelligence Agencies who are paid to supposedly protect us from them.

For no good reason, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office only keeps the current version of the London Diplomatic List of accredited Diplomats (including some Foreign Intelligence Agency operatives) online.

Presumably every mainstream media organisation, intelligence agency, serious organised crime or terrorist gang keeps historical copies, so here are some older versions of the London Diplomatic List, for the benefit of web search engine queries, for those people who do not want their visits to appear in the FCO web server logfiles or those whose censored internet feeds block access to UK Government websites.

Campaign Button Links

Watching Them, Watching Us - UK Public CCTV Surveillance Regulation Campaign
UK Public CCTV Surveillance Regulation Campaign

NO2ID Campaign - cross party opposition to the NuLabour Compulsory Biometric ID Card
NO2ID Campaign - cross party opposition to the NuLabour Compulsory Biometric ID Card and National Identity Register centralised database.

Gary McKinnon is facing extradition to the USA under the controversial Extradition Act 2003, without any prima facie evidence or charges brought against him in a UK court. Try him here in the UK, under UK law.
Gary McKinnon is facing extradition to the USA under the controversial Extradition Act 2003, without any prima facie evidence or charges brought against him in a UK court. Try him here in the UK, under UK law.

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FreeFarid.com - Kafkaesque extradition of Farid Hilali under the European Arrest Warrant to Spain

Peaceful resistance to the curtailment of our rights to Free Assembly and Free Speech in the SOCPA Designated Area around Parliament Square and beyond
Parliament Protest blog - resistance to the Designated Area restricting peaceful demonstrations or lobbying in the vicinity of Parliament.

Petition to the European Commission and European Parliament against their vague Data Retention plans
Data Retention is No Solution - Petition to the European Commission and European Parliament against their vague Data Retention plans.

Save Parliament: Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill (and other issues)
Save Parliament - Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill (and other issues)

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Open Rights Group

The Big Opt Out Campaign - opt out of having your NHS Care Record medical records and personal details stored insecurely on a massive national centralised database.

Tor - the onion routing network
Tor - the onion routing network - "Tor aims to defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal anonymity and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security. Communications are bounced around a distributed network of servers called onion routers, protecting you from websites that build profiles of your interests, local eavesdroppers that read your data or learn what sites you visit, and even the onion routers themselves."

Tor - the onion routing network
Anonymous Blogging with Wordpress and Tor - useful Guide published by Global Voices Advocacy with step by step software configuration screenshots (updated March 10th 2009).

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Amnesty International's irrepressible.info campaign

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BlogSafer - wiki with multilingual guides to anonymous blogging

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NGO in a box - Security Edition privacy and security software tools

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Home Office Watch blog, "a single repository of all the shambolic errors and mistakes made by the British Home Office compiled from Parliamentary Questions, news reports, and tip-offs by the Liberal Democrat Home Affairs team."

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Reporters Without Borders - Reporters Sans Frontières - campaign for journalists 'and bloggers' freedom in repressive countries and war zones.

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Committee to Protect Bloggers - "devoted to the protection of bloggers worldwide with a focus on highlighting the plight of bloggers threatened and imprisoned by their government."

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Icelanders are NOT terrorists ! - despite Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling's use of anti-terrorism legislation to seize the assets of Icelandic banks.

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No CCTV - The Campaign Against CCTV

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I'm a Photographer Not a Terrorist !

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Power 2010 cross party, political reform campaign

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Cracking the Black Box - "aims to expose technology that is being used in inappropriate ways. We hope to bring together the insights of experts and whistleblowers to shine a light into the dark recesses of systems that are responsible for causing many of the privacy problems faced by millions of people."

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Open Rights Group - Petition against the renewal of the Interception Modernisation Programme

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WhistleblowersUK.org - Fighting for justice for whistleblowers