Come on now, innocent is innocent. These DNA profiles should be deleted, nothing less!
And anonymity does not guarantee that the DNA profiles cannot be linked back to the original person. There is some more posting on this somewhere on virtual shadows. Examples of how easy it can be.
What am raving on about here? Read more at guardian government computing.
This is the dilemma, to increase surveillance in the name of personal safety or to not do this as it violates our right to personal privacy?
Remember what happened after the terror attacks on the twin towers in New York? A whole host of privacy invading legislation was passed in the U.S., that now requires visitors to go through the inconvenience and indignity of being fingerprinted like criminals and having our faces scanned. And there is no road back, it is a one-way street. Once a practice starts it becomes accepted over time as the norm.
The UK has dragged through legislation on the mandatory issue of ID cards. Although they have not succeeded in getting this through for all UK citizens, they will… they have started with all UK immigrants who today have no choice. Most youngsters need ID in order to get accepted in most bars, so it has become a norm among this age group. All in the name of personal safety, trying to control, and control something that is not controllable.
So now officials from Finland, Estonia and Germany have called for expanded monitoring powers on the Internet in wake of the Oslo tragedy. Apparently the guilty party for this attack published a Twitter message, a YouTube video and a 1,500 manifesto linking to the buildup to these terrible crimes. Read more here.
And we are back to the dilemma thing. As a mother I am screaming out for these “expanded monitoring powers”, but as a privacy advocate I am terrified by these developments as it gives justifications for increased invasions to our private space, that is getting smaller and smaller…..
With the recent phone hacking scandals in the UK, politicians in Australia are asking ‘can it happen here?’ – and it is highlighting the lack of rights individuals have with respect to privacy in Australia along with the lack of powers that the Privacy Commissioner has.
Whilst there has been an increase in the number of reported data breaches, there is no legislative requirement for companies to report breaches – hence a lot of breaches are not reported. The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) have made a number of recommendations on Data Breach legislation that have (largely) not been acted on by the Federal Government.
For more details, please see the following article: