Privacy International has announced their 2006 Stupid Security Contest.
The Stupid Security Competition aim to highlight the absurdities of the security industry. Privacy International’s director, Simon Davies, said his group had taken the initiative because of “innumerable” security initiatives around the world that had absolutely no genuine security benefit. The awards were first staged in 2003 and attracted over 5,000 nominations. This will be the second competition in the series.
“The situation has become ridiculous” said Mr Davies.
“Unworkable security practices and illusory security measures do nothing to help issues of real public concern. They only hinder the public, intrude unnecessary into our private lives and often reduce us to the status of cattle.”
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.