[HacktionLab] TTFA in ethical consumer

Mike Harris mike at mbharris.co.uk
Fri Sep 19 13:30:20 UTC 2014

On 19/09/2014 11:05, Charlie Harvey wrote:
> Hi TTFA, hacktionlab,
> I did a quick guest blog for Ethical Consumer mag (who are doing a
> privacy issue) with a shoutout for TTFA in it:
> http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/latestnews/entryid/1680/online-exposure.aspx
> Cheers,
An excellent and well-written article Charlie, well done :)

I have to say I have my doubts about the Open Rights Group, having
relatively recently gone to a talk in Bristol.  Although well-meaning
enough and campaigning on the 'right side of the fence' from a privacy
perspective, they do appear to advocate that it's alright to spy on
people for legitamate purposes, just not for illegitimate purposes.  As
you rightfully say in your article, regimes can change and once you've
given permission for a state to spy on people, then it's not always easy
to go back when the state changes its opinion of what is right and what
is wrong, what is lawful and what isn't.  Obviously that all said, you
can have whatever legislation in place as you like, but that doesn't
stop any government gone mad and paranoid to retract laws and rights and
enact new ones.  As you also say, we're best of being aware of our data,
how we choose to share it and choosing to share as little of it as possible.

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