Feeds

Shortlist for privacy 'Oscars' announced

Big Brother awards - as in the book, not the TV zoo

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

The shortlist for this year's Big Brother awards for nasty privacy invaders has been released. The awards include: Worst Public Servant, Most Invasive Company, Most Appalling Project, Most Heinous Government Organisation and Lifetime Menace Award - now renamed the David Blunkett Lifetime Menace Award.

Pressure group Privacy International, which organises the awards, said it was overwhelmed by nominations for Blunkett, the Home Office and national ID cards but they had been recognised in previous years.

Simon Davies, director of Privacy International, said: "The nominations reflect a broad and intensified assault on the right to privacy in the UK. There is a clear hostility within government to privacy and a general antagonism to it from within business. We have seen few instances where privacy has been genuinely respected by large organisations."

Contenders for Worst Public Servant are Margaret Hodge for her support for a database of children and "good behaviour" orders for children as young as eight. There is also a joint nomination in this category - Katherine Courtney and Stephen Harrison for their work in promoting the National ID card.

Two nominations for Most Invasive Company - LloydsTSB for its insistence that customers report to a branch with documents to prove their identities and FollowUS - a company which allows you to track mobile phones for "security or fun".

Favourite though is British Gas for blaming the Data Protection Act when an elderly couple died when British Gas disconnected their gas.

There are three contenders for the Most Appalling Project prize. Vodafone is in the running for its decision to bar all "adult" sites. The NHS is there for its plan to "computerise all patient records in a way that is both insecure and dangerous to patient privacy." The Safe Harbour Agreement - which governs transmission of data between EU countries and the US, also gets a mention despite not being a UK-initiative.

The awards ceremony takes place at the London School of Economics from 6.30pm on Wednesday 28 July. Full details are available here.

If you are interested in attending the awards you need to register at UKBBA@privacy.org ®

Related stories

Vodafone's adult filter is go
ID cards: a guide for technically-challenged PMs
Blunkett states ID card aims but can he achieve them?

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Obama allows NSA to exploit 0-days: report
If the spooks say they need it, they get it
Web data BLEEDOUT: Users to feel the pain as Heartbleed bug revealed
Vendors and ISPs have work to do updating firmware - if it's possible to fix this
OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts
Bloke behind the cockup says not enough people are helping crucial crypto project
One year on: diplomatic fail as Chinese APT gangs get back to work
Mandiant says past 12 months shows Beijing won't call off its hackers
Call of Duty 'fragged using OpenSSL's Heartbleed exploit'
So it begins ... or maybe not, says one analyst
Heartbleed exploit, inoculation, both released
File under 'this is going to hurt you more than it hurts me'
Parent gabfest Mumsnet hit by SSL bug: My heart bleeds, grins hacker
Natter-board tells middle-class Britain to purée its passwords
Experian subsidiary faces MEGA-PROBE for 'selling consumer data to fraudster'
US attorneys general roll up sleeves, snap on gloves
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.