Privacy International is calling for nominations to name and shame the worst offenders. The competition closes on October 31st 2006. The award categories are:
- Most Egregiously Stupid Award
- Most Inexplicably Stupid Award
- Most Annoyingly Stupid Award
- Most Flagrantly Intrusive Award
- Most Stupidly Counter Productive Award
The competition will be judged by an international panel of well-known security experts, public policy specialists, privacy advocates and journalists.
The competition is open to anyone from any country. Nominations can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Details of previous award winners can be found below, or at http://www.privacyinternational.org/ssa2003winners.
Our nomination back in 2003, when the contest was last run, claimed the runner up slot in the Most Inexplicable Measure category, with our eyewitness account of the confiscation of the cardboard packaging, but not the contents, of a packet of Chinese tea, at Heathrow Airport.
No doubt airport and airline "security theatre" will provide a rich source of nominations this year as well, but there is so much stupidity, some accidental, but some as the result of financial and political vested interests, that hopefully some examples from other sectors will also get the bad publicity they so richly deserve.