*STUPID*!

John A. Quayle blueoval at SGI.NET
Wed Apr 9 23:27:26 MDT 2003


PRIVACY INTERNATIONAL


         MEDIA RELEASE: PRIVACY WATCHDOG ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF COMPETITION
TO FIND THE WORLD'S MOST STUPID SECURITY MEASURE. Global quest has
identified absurd and pointless security requirements..................

For Immediate release, Privacy International today announced the results of
its competition to find the worlds most pointless, intrusive and egregious
security measures. The competition, launched in February, attracted almost
5,000 nominations from 35 countries. While the air security sector
dominated the competition, nominations arose from almost all areas of
private and public sector activity. The winners include JFK Airport,
T-Mobile (UK), Michigan Correctional facilities and the Australian Government.

         The "Stupid Security" award was judged by a distinguished
international panel of security and privacy experts and is intended to
highlight the absurdities of the security industry. Privacy International's
director, Simon Davies, said his group took the initiative because of
"innumerable" security initiatives around the world that had absolutely no
genuine security benefit.

         "The extraordinary number of nominations indicates that the
situation has become ridiculous" said Mr Davies. "Security has become the
smokescreen for incompetent and robotic managers the world over. The
situation has become more than an irritation to the public. It has become
an outright danger."

The winners are:

Most Egregiously Stupid Award Winner - The Australian Government for a
litany of pointless, irritating and self-serving security measures.

  Runner-Up - Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov for the 'Propiska' Identity Papers.

Most Inexplicably Stupid Award Winner - Philadelphia International Airport
for over-reaction to a bottle of cologne.

  Runner-Up - Heathrow Airport for quarantining a quantity of green tea.

Most Annoyingly Stupid Award Winner - T-Mobile (UK) for pointless and
idiotic financial security measures.

  Runner-Up - Bay Area Rapid Transport (Bart) for closing its restrooms.

Most Flagrantly Intrusive Award Winner - Delta Terminal at JFK Airport for
forcing a nursing mother to drink her own breast milk.

Runner-Up - Carson City Correctional Facility, Michigan for forcing women
visitors to wear bras.

Most Stupidly Counter Productive Award Winner - San Francisco General
Hospital for blind idiocy in its identity checking procedures.

  Runner-Up - San Francisco International Airport for endangering the public.

  Dishonourable Mention - The New Yorker Hotel, New York for aggressive,
unnecessary and meaningless security measures.

Full details at http://www.privacyinternational.org/activities/stupidsecurity/
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