I doubt if I can make it ...but info for anyone interested
The (almost) final line-up of speakers for the ID card meeting next
Wednesday is below. It's going to be a packed and fascinating afternoon!
A PUBLIC MEETING ON THE GOVERNMENT'S PROPOSED
NATIONAL IDENTITY CARD
Wednesday 19th May 2004
13.30 - 17.00 hrs
The Old Theatre, London School of Economics
Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE
Organised by Privacy International
in association with Liberty, Statewatch, Stand.org.uk
& the Foundation for Information Policy Research
Hosted by the Department of Information Systems
of the London School of Economics
The government has introduced draft legislation for a national identity
card. The card system will cost at least £3 billion and is likely to
become an essential part of life for everyone residing in the UK.
If the draft legislation is accepted by Parliament, everyone will be
required to register for a card. Biometric scans of the face, fingers
and eye will be taken. Personal details will be stored in a central
database. A unique number will be issued that will become the basis for
the matching of computer systems.
The proposed card may be required to access vital public services and to
receive benefits. The government proposes to enforce the programme
through numerous new criminal and civil offenses, including provision
for unlimited financial penalty and up to ten years' imprisonment.
The implications for everyone in the UK are far-reaching.
Join us at this important meeting to hear from key figures in the fields
of law, politics, security, technology and human rights. Decide for
yourself whether this is a plan that should be supported.
The meeting is free of charge to members of the public.
Draft programme (subject to change)
13.30 Welcome. Simon Davies, London School of Economics
13.35 The Rt. Hon David Blunkett, Home Secretary (invited)
13.50 The Rt. Hon David Davis MP, Shadow Home Secretary
14.00 Mark Oaten MP, Lib-Dem Home Affairs spokesman
David Winnick MP, Labour
Simon Thomas MP, Plaid Cymru
Lord Phillips of Sudbury
14.40 Q&A with audience
14.50 Dr Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary General, Muslim Council of
15.00 Karen Chouhan, Executive Director, 1990 Trust
15.10 Shami Chakrabarti, Director, Liberty
15.20 Q&A with audience
15.35 Roger Smith, Director, JUSTICE
15.45 Paul Whitehouse, former Chief Constable, Sussex Police
15.55 Q&A with audience
16.10 Peter Williamson, President of the Law Society
16.20 Professor Ross Anderson, Cambridge University
16.30 Jonathan Bamford, Assistant Information Commissioner
16.40 Q&A with audience
16.55 Next steps
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to register.
Media enquiries should be directed to email@example.com