Blair Tagged as Privacy Threat

Wednesday, 26 March 2003, 1:01 AM EST

London-based Privacy International announced Monday its 2003 U.K. Big Brother Awards, which the group presents annually to "the most persistent and egregious privacy invaders in Britain."

Simon Davies, the director of the civil liberties group, said the pool of candidates for the unprestigious prize had greatly expanded since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

"The judges were overwhelmed this year with a vast number of malodorous nominations," Davies said in a statement. "Many politicians and companies since the Sept. 11 attacks jumped onto the security bandwagon without any justification."

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