[LINK] Re: RFID in Govt, and in People
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Thu Oct 5 10:38:22 EST 2006
At 9:23 +1000 5/10/06, Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
>Roger, could perhaps comment on how well informed Local Councils are
>on Privacy. Many borrowers are children and it is not usually a
>Librarian doing the data collection.
Generally Councils are very poorly informed about privacy matters.
Even in States and Territories where they are subject to an explicit
privacy statute (e.g. NSW, Vic), many don't even seem to realise it.
There are disappointingly few scandals in the media. One in SA a
while back was informative.
Librarians, OTOH, are generally well-informed and concerned, and
resistant to privacy-invasive measures.
This issue is an overlap between privacy and freedom of thought /
freedom of access to information.
Specifically, governments have had no access to data in the past
about what people were reading, and that's a vital element of a free
society. A scheme that intentionally, or, rather more likely,
accidentally, made it possible for individuals' reading to be
monitored or re-constructed, would be a serious blow against freedom.
Downright Soviet social control in fact.
Roger Clarke http://www.anu.edu.au/people/Roger.Clarke/
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