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Surveillance Society

Posted in database state, ID Cards, politicians on liberty, surveillance society by ukliberty on June 22, 2007

Some interesting Oral Evidence given by, among others, Professor Ross Anderson, who appears to be some sort of sinister conspirator in the view of the Government: see for example We should be skeptical of campaigns and How sinister!.

How dare he and his ilk seek to influence Government and Opposition thinking by giving evidence to committees, advising Conservative MPs, and joining campaigning groups!

  12 June 2007   A Surveillance Society?
Uncorrected Oral evidence given by Professor Ross Anderson, Professor of Security Engineering, University of Cambridge, and Chair of the Foundation for Information Policy Research; Mr Pete Bramhall, Manager, Privacy and Identity Research, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories; and Dr Andy Phippen, Lecturer, School of Computing, Communications & Electronics, University of Plymouth: uploaded on 18 June 2007HC 508-iii
  7 June 2007   A Surveillance Society?
Uncorrected Oral evidence given by Mr J Trevor Hughes, Executive Director, and Mr Randal Gainer, International Association of Privacy Professionals; and Mr Mike Bradford, Director of Regulatory and Consumer Affairs, Experian, Mr Stephen Sklaroff, Director-General Designate, Finance & Leasing Association, Mr Martin Briggs, Corporate Affairs Director, Loyalty Management Group, and Mr Nick Eland, Legal Services Manager, Tesco: uploaded on 14 June 2007

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  1. DW said, on June 23, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    Ta for the prompting on those – I had them noted but hadn’t yet got around to checking! Equally ta for the pointer to the Lords IT debate :)

  2. archrights said, on June 24, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    On the basis that those without a convincing argument resort to personal abuse, the ad hominem attacks on Ross (and less directly on all of us with concerns about data confidentiality and security) are par for the course. It is absolutely astonishing, though, that government MPs and Peers attempting to convince the public of their commitment to confidentiality cannot see the irony in quoting from private emails between friends and colleagues that have somehow fallen into their hands.

  3. William said, on June 25, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    Ross Anderson is starting to look like a good candidate for a people’s peerage.

  4. ukliberty said, on June 25, 2007 at 5:51 pm

    @DW: my pleasure. I might touch on some of the oral evidence at some point, for example the mention of the US state laws that oblige companies to inform their customers of suspected privacy breaches.

    @archrights: I think I’m more disgusted by insinuations than straightforward insults. And yes, the irony is quite something, isn’t it?

    @William: it really annoys me that people who give up so much of their time, such as you and Professor Anderson, are subjected to such rudeness.

    Wibbi rude politicians picked up their toys and expressed themselves in a more adult and reasonable fashion, instead of contributing to disengagement.

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