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NO2ID calls in “refuse to register” pledge.

Posted by James Hammerton @ 10:01 pm on 19 November, 2007.
Categories privacy and surveillance, British politics, the database state.
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Some time back, NO2ID ran a pledge for people to refuse to register for the national identity card and to pay £10 to a legal defence fund, assuming 10,000 others would join in. In the event, 11,361 people signed the pledge (1,361 over target).

Now, NO2ID are calling in this pledge. They argue now is the right time thus:

The Identity Cards Act 2006 is now law, and - despite growing opposition, significant delays and rising costs - the new Prime Minister shows no sign of calling a halt to the National Identity Scheme. In 2008, the government intends to pilot fingerprinting and to issue the first ‘biometric residence visas’ to non-EU foreign nationals as a precursor to registering British Citizens.

The legal powers to do these all these things will shortly begin to be applied. Now is the time to call in the legal defence fund part of the pledge.

If anyone wishes to contribute to this fund, whether or not they signed the pledge, there is a paypal button on the page linked to above, near the bottom (the one in the sidebar is for a general donation to NO2ID - the one at the bottom is specifically for the legal defence fund). Alternatively, NO2ID advices:

Please send your donation, by cheque made payable to ‘NO2ID’ to:

NO2ID (Legal Defence Fund)
Box 412
19-21 Crawford Street
London W1H 1PJ

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