[LINK] Airport to tag passengers

Karl Auer kauer at biplane.com.au
Tue Oct 17 11:02:09 AEST 2006

On Tue, 2006-10-17 at 10:36 +1000, Geoff Ramadan wrote:
> As you point out, these are not actually rights in law (but should be from you view)

Well, some of them ARE rights in law, some perhaps should be. But
business and an over-hasty rush to "protect" people should not ride
roughshod over sane discussion.

> 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.

All true. That does NOT give them carte blanche to decide for themselves
what other rights people should or must give up in order for those goals
to be achieved. This is *especially* true given that the methods they
propose to use are NOT going to achieve those goals.

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

The balance comes out of discussion and debate and eventually ends up as
law - and the default position MUST be the status quo, as the
alternative is the loss of rights.

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

Well, we've already shown you several ways in which they DON'T meet the
guidelines. And there is the overarching fact that the system will not
and cannot meet its own objectives.

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

No. Note that the fact that it is a dumb system and a waste of money is
one of the REASONS it breaches the guidelines. Not, I hasten to add,
that these guidelines are anything more than guidelines. They are not
law, and have little weight. Sadly.

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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