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RIP Act nominated for Big Brother awards



Daniel Thomas

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Act is set to gain further notoriety as an unnecessarily invasive piece of...



Daniel Thomas

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Act is set to gain further notoriety as an unnecessarily invasive piece of legislation at an award show.

Human rights group Privacy International will present the third annual Big Brother awards on 4 December to the Government and private sector organisations that have done the most to invade personal privacy in the UK.

Channel 4's Mark Thomas will present the awards - gold and in the shape of a boot stamping on a human head - which have been split into five categories:

  • Most invasive company

  • Most appalling project

  • Most heinous government organisation

  • Worst public servant

  • Lifetime menace award.

    The RIP Act, which gives firms the right to view employees' e-mails, has received nominations for the most appalling project, worst public servant for Charles Clarke's shepherding of the legislation and most heinous government body to the Department of Trade & Industry for "giving the green light for employers to snoop on staff".

    Full details at www.privacyinternational.org

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