Having a world where one can be private is rapidly diminishing.  Biometrics, radio frequency sensors, CCTV, IPTV, ‘smart’ grids, data sharing and increasingly invasive legislation is quietly becoming a ubiquitous part of life.

The point of reference of what privacy is,
is a disappearing benchmark for the next generation.

This is a collaborative blog written by UK privacy experts whose areas of expertise cover CCTV, IPTV, biometrics, data protection, RFID, ‘smart; technology.  As society rapidly catapults us into a world of ‘smart’ cities/grids, data mapping, huge databases the areas of differing technologies overlap in the surveillance grid that is gathering around us.

Pippa King – campaigns against intrusions to children’s privacy in education.  Author of Biometrics in schools and Against RFID in schools blogs  She campaigned from 2005 after her children were nearly fingerprinted at primary school for a library system, along with other parents and privacy organisations, against schools using children’s biometrics and for parents to have openness and transparency on this topic.  From 2001-2013 schools had been taking children’s biometric data without consultation or consent from parents for library, cashless catering & registration purposes.  As a result of lobbying MPs the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 was passed in May 2012 which requires that schools must now gain written parental consent if they wish to store/process a child’s biometric data.  She continues to raise awareness of the wider implications on adult society with biometrics and RFID technology, pushing for debate and transparency.

(More contributor details to come…)

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