Pippa King

Sleepwalking into a Surveillance State

Biometrics, RFID, Big Data & the 'Internet of Things'

Pippa King

For the past decade Pippa King has been at the forefront of the resistance against the use of Biometrics and RFID monitoring in schools and colleges. Through the prolific use of Freedom of Information Requests (FOIR's), Pippa has been able to establish where when and how these surveillance and tracking tools are introduced ... and then strives to get them shut down. It is primarily thanks to Pippa's tenacity that all UK students are NOT yet wearing active RFID devices! However, the latest move is to promote internet CCTV in the classroom; thereby enabling parents to monitor their children via their 'SMART' Phone ... or could it perhaps also provide the Establishment paedophile community to identify their next victims?

Pippa's presentation will illustrate how we have slowly become accustomed to sharing our data, our biometrics, the radio frequency grid, devices we use and carry - mass data gathering. The 'big data' that is gathered is used for profiling, us individually and en mass as a society, analysed by A.I. Artificial Intelligence. As our cities, homes and lives move to become 'smart' - what exactly is gathered about us, how is it used ... and by whom?

Bio

Pippa King - campaigns against intrusions to children's privacy in education. Author of Biometrics in schools and Against RFID in schools blogs. She campaigned from 2005 after her children were nearly fingerprinted at primary school for a library system, along with other parents and privacy organisations, against schools using children's biometrics and for parents to have openness and transparency on this topic. From 2001-2013 schools had been taking children's biometric data without consultation or consent from parents for library, cashless catering & registration purposes. As a result of lobbying MPs the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 was passed in May 2012 which requires that schools must now gain written parental consent if they wish to store/process a child's biometric data. She continues to raise awareness of the wider implications on adult society with biometrics and RFID technology, pushing for debate and transparency.

Website: www.stateofsurveillance.blogspot.co.uk