Privacy and security. My information, not yours.

by Matt 28. March 2007 18:35

I think it's because I work in a bank more than any kind of OCD type reason, but lately, I've been getting more and more paranoid about privacy and security, and more and more concerned about the evident lack of respect by companies and governments to an individuals rights in this regard.

Example: I wanted to find the phone number for my local garage, so looked up the number for Audi in the Yellow Pages. My garage wasn't listed, but a national help line was. They provided me with the number I was after and then asked me for my name and postcode. Totally inappropriate. Personal, private data that has nothing to do with the matter in hand is being collected. I refused, but I'd bet that most people would just answer without thinking about it.

This is a minor example of the misuse of identity, so you can imagine how upset I am following this post by Kim Cameron; British schools are finger printing children, without the consent of their parents. This is just wrong. It's a complete invasion of privacy, and (speaking as a relatively new and definitely protective dad) I'd be outraged if my daughter were finger printed at school without my consent (not that I'd give it).

Kim sums it up nicely: "this one goes beyond silly to abusive".

Go read the post. It's an extraordinary thing. The follow up post is slightly less emotional and shows how this act manages to break four of the Laws of Identity in one go. That's no mean feat. It also shows how the government was giving tips on fingerprinting children. "Make sure children are calm". Creepy.

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