Big Brother gongs go out for privacy wrongs

(SMH) TWENTY-SEVEN years ago the world envisaged by George Orwell seemed far-fetched. But when the Privacy Foundation announced its Big Brother Awards for this year, the range of contenders would probably have made Orwell proud. ”We already have Newspeak, we’ve got TV which at the moment doesn’t look at us, but that’s not far off. There’s two-way communication on the streets … There’s GPS,” said Julie Cameron, co-ordinator of the awards. The foundation’s spoof awards for privacy intruders seek to draw attention to privacy invasions.This year’s winners include Facebook (worst corporate invader), airport body scanners (most invasive technology) and Google’s previous chief executive Eric Schmidt who said Street View’s data collection had caused ”no harm” (boot in the mouth award). Read more

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