Founder, Privacy International and now Privacy Surgeon
Simon founded Privacy International in 1990, and served as Director General until 2012 when he left to pursue other projects. Over his 25-year career in privacy he has led campaigns and research initiatives around the world. Until recently he was a Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for IT (FBCS). He is also Co-Director of the LSE's Policy Engagement Network. In April 1999 Simon received the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award for his contribution to online freedom and in 2007 was made a fellow of the British Computer Society. In both 2004 and 2005 silicon.com voted him one of the world's 50 most influential people in technology policy. He now writes the Privacy Surgeon blog.
Facebook's new "Download your Information" feature reveals a radically different interpretation of transparency to one that the rest of us in Europe might hold. The feature may be a promising start, but the company still clearly has difficulty understanding the requirements of European Data Protection law. The feature provides only a fraction of the personal information held by Facebook and is thus still in violation of law.
Privacy International is writing this Open Letter to Members of both Chambers of the Netherlands Parliament to express our deep concern over Justice Minister Donner's proposed 'Wet op de uitgebreide identificatieplicht'. We believe these requirements will violate the European Convention on Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.