Happy Data Protection Day
What do you mean you didn't know?
Today is a special day. No, not iPad day - it's the fourth European Data Protection Day.
The European Data Protection Supervisor is trying to show the importance of privacy and data protection.
The right to privacy and protection of personal data are recognised as separate and fundamental rights in the EU Charter, backed by the Lisbon Treaty.
It is hoped the day will raise awareness of such issues, not just among European citizens but also European Union staff.
In the UK the Information Commissioner's Office is supporting the initiative with activities to teach children, and their teachers, about the importance of privacy. It is also running the 'i in online' project to teach teenagers about the risks of over-sharing information on social networking sites.
Full press release here. ®
Will the Euro Commissioner be calling an airstrike on Downing Street as part of showing the importance of data protection and privacy.
Perhaps they could rid us of DVLA and the Idiot Passport "Service", the Police's illegal DNA database as part of a co-ordinated celebration the list goes on.
They could call it the war on data then the Americans would want to join in too...
Over in the netherlands...
... there was a tiny little spat, fully ignored by any news gig not IT related, that the national public transport card (``oyster card'' reinvented) was blatantly infringing privacy for no better reason than entirely avoidable bad system design. When asked about it several politicians went in full ``But I didn't know that!!!one!'' mode.
Yeah, sure. Same problem with the nation wide (``london congestion charge'' like) system intended to do road taxes. And there's the national electronic medical filing system, and the national electronic children filing system, oh and the national fingerprinting database that is now already mandatory for getting a new passport or ID card, complete with RFID chips that incidentally very recently have been further scientifically compromised. Of course none of the politicians took note.
And neither did the media.
The UK is close to unfit for living in for mere mortals, but it certainly isn't the only one doing its damnedest to screw over its citizens. Whether in the name of cost efficiency, taxes or terrorism, it's all the same to me. Clearly, privacy and data protection are dead letters and have been for some time. Thus making this a day for mourning.
I forgot to bring my Happy Data Protection Day card into work for my work chums....