[LINK] Airport to tag passengers

Karl Auer kauer at biplane.com.au
Tue Oct 17 09:30:05 AEST 2006

> What rights do you think are being traded, and what status has this 
> right in law?

Good question! The right to be left alone. The right not to be a suspect
by default. The right for data about my possessions, my movements and my
person to be under my control. The right to choose how, when and why I
reveal such data to others, and the right for me to stipulate - and have
the means to enforce - conditions on their use.

Part of the problem is that business is moving faster than the law,
taking away things that people believe they have, but don't in law.
Rather like slavery - it took a century or two for civilised people to
come to the realisation that there was such a thing as a right to

Perhaps we will only realise and fight for real privacy rights when we
have already lost them. It's a much harder row to hoe.

> Is this what the privacy laws (and I assume others) are about, stopping 
> Business from pushing too far.

Yes, it is. Bus as notes, business moves too fast. And when Goverment is
in the pocket of business, as now in this country, the problem is far

> I was referring to the balance as it relates to what is legal, an in 
> particular as it relates to privacy.

I disagree. The quote as given was quite clear that the "balance"
referred to was between privacy and business interests.

Regards, K.

Karl Auer (kauer at biplane.com.au)                   +61-2-64957160 (h)
http://www.biplane.com.au/~kauer/                  +61-428-957160 (mob)

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