ID pressure group prepares for longer campaign

NO2ID, which was set up in 2004 to fight the Government's proposal to introduce biometric identity cards, is seeking to become a fully fledged, long-term campaign organisation.

It is applying to become a company limited by guarantee and will this summer recruit its first fundraiser.

The move follows media reports that incoming Prime Minister Gordon Brown is unlikely to abolish the £5bn ID scheme.

"We are focusing on building ourselves up for the long term, because it's not just the ID scheme that has shown no sign of going away," said Guy Herbert, general secretary of NO2ID. "There are all sorts of related database and data-sharing initiatives."

Herbert said NO2ID would increasingly focus on resisting government plans to share personal information, such as medical and tax records, between government departments.

"If the Government is committed to data sharing, that creates all sorts of potential problems for the individual," said Herbert. "It's a threat to civil liberties, so we're gearing up for a bit more of a battle."

Herbert added that NO2ID would look at ways the organisation could be developed. "We're looking at putting in place more of a management structure than we've had," he said.

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