Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Privacy Commission

Nick Clegg has announced a 'privacy commission'

The Commission’s members are:

David Heath MP (Chair) - Liberal Democrat Shadow Leader of the House
Simon Davies - Privacy International; Fellow at LSE
Shami Chakrabarti - Director of Liberty
Baroness Sue Miller - Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson in the House of Lords
Henry Porter - Journalist on The Observer
Prof. Ross Anderson - Professor of Security Engineering, University of Cambridge
Richard Rampton QC - Barrister at law, specialising in libel
Richard Allen - Former MP; Head of Government Affairs, Cisco Systems

Nick Clegg said:

"With Britain now among the most watched upon countries in Europe, there has never been a more vital time for proper scrutiny and protection of privacy."Under this increasingly authoritarian Government, a combination of intrusion and incompetence has resulted in the steady erosion of our right to privacy and the protection of our personal data."This is an exceptionally well-qualified team bringing together experts from a wide range of fields. I am confident that they will work to provide real solutions to check the growing threat to our privacy."

There are whole sections Britain who have forgotten what liberty is all about and do not recognise it's importance. Too many civil servants and politicans assume we are all subjects who ought to accept the 'superior will ' of central government. They are aghast that some people dare to believe that we could organise society differently.

This commission has a very impressive membership and more can be found here.