Voting for the 2014 Dubious Achievements in Privacy Law is almost done, and the race is heating up. Who used privacy law most egregiously to serve power and privilege? There are plenty of candidates, but the leaders this year are two: On the one hand, the Chinese government, which adopted a privacy law and promptly brought criminal privacy charges against a Western investigator examining corporate misdeeds. And on the other, the Obama administration’s Agriculture Department, which cited privacy grounds in refusing to name any of the beneficiaries of the notoriously fraud-ridden “Pigford” settlement.
But if your favorite was a man who could afford both a naked five-hour, five-hooker sadomasochistic orgy and a litigation campaign to clear his name by proving that it was not a naked five-hour, five-hooker sadomasochistic orgy with a Nazi theme, well, Max Mosley isn’t quite out of the running yet. With a surge of support, his privacy law campaign to force the Internet to forget pictures of his naked five-hour etcetera still could qualify as the worst use of privacy law to protect the privileged.
If you’re sure you know which of the candidates is abusing privacy law most egregiously to serve the powerful, and you haven’t already voted, now is the time to review the candidates and then to cast your ballot.