We’re organizing the FAM event for November and I’ve been slightly surprised at the fact that a few people have returned their forms indicating that they don’t wish to have their face in any photos or have their voice recorded.
Of course the right to privacy is key and in many ways what a huge part of access management is all about. And we should never assume consent. Apart from the fact that sometimes should we?
Your average public sector event is going to be attended by public sector employers, who I’m assuming will get their fares and accommodation paid for by their host institutions and they are certainly attending in an official capacity. So should we be able to say “no I don’t want my comments or questions recorded”?
Web casting is becoming more and more common – events in our field actively take into account that many more people will be actually participating than physically at the event. So is standing up for the rights of privacy doing anyone any good in this case?
There is a flip side to this – recording and broadcasting everything does make it harder to ask or make off the record comments and can inhibit frank discussion which is a key reason for events like our FAM one to take place.
I know the law on this one, but I’m not sure if I know the answer…..there is certainly a fight to be had over privacy which I’m happy to get behind but should public sector events be the battleground?