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Renew for freedom

Posted by James Hammerton @ 7:54 pm on 7 May, 2006.
Categories privacy and surveillance, political liberties.
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With the passing of the Identity Cards Act 2006, the No2ID campaign has launched its Renew for Freedom drive, urging people to renew their passports during May (i.e. by the end of this month!).

renew for freedom - MAY 2006 - renew your passport

The aim is to get as many people as possible to renew their passports now, before the point at which passport renewal entails registering on the planned National Identity Register (NIR), the centralised database that forms the backbone of the identity cards scheme. If the scheme is to be successfully opposed and scrapped, it will be important to ensure that a large number of people simply refuse to register on the NIR. Renewing your passport now will ensure that you won’t be compelled to register on the NIR in order simply to be able to travel abroad. Of course the government intends to compel everyone to register eventually, but if the numbers who are unregistered are kept high enough it simply will not be viable for them to do so. If nothing else though, renewing now gives those who wish to resist this scheme more room for maneouvre.

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