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Date: 2002-02-24

UK: Big Brother Awards 2002

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Hier sind die Nominees der Big Brother Awards in Großbritannien 2002, die
am 4. März abgefeiert werden

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The judges of the 4th annual Big Brother Awards have announced the
shortlist for this year's awards, which will take place at the London School of
Economics on March 4th.

The awards were established in 1998 as a means of recognising both the
villains and the heroes of privacy. They are hosted each year by the LSE, and
are presented by Channel 4's Mark Thomas..

The following shortlist has been culled from more than 150 nominations. The
judges felt that the following candidates represented a particularly potent
threat to privacy and liberty in Britain. Some candidates have been shortlisted
in more than one category


<sum> Sir Richard Wilson, Cabinet Secretary For his long standing
commitment to opposing freedom of information, data protection and
ministerial accountability <sum> David Blunkett MP, Home Secretary For his
astonishing and multi-skilled disregard for privacy and for his patronage of the
proposed national ID card <sum> Michael Cashman MEP For his unrelenting
opposition in the European Parliament to controls over email spam see report


<sum> The Countryside Alliance (CA) for registering themselves with the
Information Commissioner as holding data on (among many other categories)
sexual, political, religious, health, intelligence and lifestyle information on a
vast range of individuals. The CA registration on the Information
Commissioners site is 27 pages in length, and contains almost every
conceivable category of personal data. See

<sum> The Internet Watch Foundation For actions which judges regarded as
unnecessary, disproportionate and hostile to the rights of Internet users. See and

<sum> Norwich Union For using unapproved genetic tests for potentially fatal
diseases when assessing whether to offer life cover. See


<sum> The Electoral Reform Society For its patronage of a report by the
Independent Commission on alternative voting methods. The report provides a
woefully scant assessment of the substantial privacy and security threats
arising from electronic voting. See

<sum> The National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS) For its 2001
proposal to archive and warehouse all email, internet and telephone call traffic
records for the entire population. See


<sum> The Department of Education and Skills For removing anonymity in
the 2002 national schools census and for creating a student tracking system.

* The Home Office (see above) <sum> The Internet Watch Foundation
(see above)


<sum> Sir Richard Wilson (see above) <sum> The national Identification and
data sharing scheme Proposals for a comprehensive data sharing scheme
between government agencies and the private sector have in recent years
become a fixed component of government thinking. These proposals, whether
they are marketed as a national ID card or an entitlement card, constitute the
greatest ongoing threat to privacy. This nomination goes to the concept.

Privacy International's Director, Simon Davies, said "The judges have been
appalled at the depths to which this year's candidates have sunk."

"During the judging process, it has become clear that government agencies
and companies have stooped to an all time low in the wilful violation of our

"We have been almost overwhelmed this year by a flood of new entries, many
of which involve technologies and techniques that are beyond the control of
law, and outside the comprehension of policy makers"


Karen Banks, Co-ordinator, GreenNet

Caspar Bowden, Director, Foundation for Information Policy Research

Dr Ian Brown, University College London

Tony Bunyan, Editor, Statewatch, London

Duncan Campbell, Freelance film and television producer,

Simon Davies, Director, Privacy International

Dr Fleur Fisher, Ethics and healthcare consultant, London

Wendy Grossman, Author Net.Wars

Gus Hosein, London School of Economics

Malcolm Hutty, Internet Vision

Dr Stephen Saxby, Law School, University of Southampton

Dr Edgar Whitley, London School of Economics

Dr Steve Wright, Director, Omega Foundation


The Big Brother Awards are now in their fourth year, and have been
established in the UK, the US, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary,
France, Denmark and the Netherlands. Further information can be found at and on the PI website at

The initiator of the awards, Privacy International, was founded in 1990, and
campaigns on a wide range of privacy issues across the world.

The 4th UK awards will take place in the Hong Kong Theatre of the London
School of Economics on Monday March 4th at 7pm. This will be preceded by
a reception from 6pm.

Simon Davies can be reached on 07958 466 552 and on
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