Privacy foibles - kidnapped babies and birthday cards

A couple of recent incidents illustrate how many people just don't get it when it comes to privacy issues. On the overprotective side is a report about how Sprint refused to co-operate with parents and police in an emergency. A car was stolen with a baby in a car seat in the back. The owner's cell phone was also in the car and on. The cell phone had GPS, so Sprint could track the car, but they refused to divulge the information!!

On the opposite side is a report about a complaint from recipients of birthday cards from a member of parliament. The recipients claim the only way the MP could have got their birthday information was from a passport application that the MP facilitated. If that is true, it shows a lack of understanding of the whole privacy issue by the MP.

Read an Engadget post on the Sprint issue

Read David Fraser's post about the birthday card issue

David Cantonprivacy, privacy law