[LINK] Airport to tag passengers

Geoff Ramadan gramadan at umd.com.au
Tue Oct 17 10:36:40 AEST 2006


As you point out, these are not actually rights in law (but should be from you view)

But also as mentioned before, Passengers also have a "right" to safe travel. 
Airports have an obligation to provide safe travel, which include protecting 
against threats, not to mention customs and other legal compliance obligation.

How do you balanced all these obligation and rights, if there is no law? Does 
all the views carry the same weight?

 From the RFID privacy perspective, there are guidelines you can turn to. So far 
from what I can tell, this application meets those guidelines.

So forgetting that this is a dumb system and waste of money, from a privacy 
perspective, does it comply with legal and privacy guidelines?

Or is the concern that, this just generally goes against peoples principles? 
(i.e. the weight that you apply to balancing these "rights")


Geoffrey Ramadan, B.E.(Elec)
Chairman, Automatic Data Capture Australia (www.adca.com.au)
Managing Director, Unique Micro Design (www.umd.com.au)

Karl Auer wrote:
>> 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
> freedom.
> 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
> worse.
>> 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.

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