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Simon Davies (privacy advocate)

Simon Davies is a British privacy advocate and academic based in London UK. He was one of the first campaigners in the field of international privacy advocacy, founding the watchdog organization Privacy International in 1990 and subsequently working in emerging areas of privacy such as electronic visual surveillance, identity systems, border security, encryption policy and biometrics.

Simon Davies
Nationality British
Occupation Advocate, academic

In July 2008 Davies criticised the Stranton landmark Viacom vs. Google & YouTube ruling, stating the privacy of millions of YouTube users was threatened: 'The chickens have come home to roost for Google. Their arrogance and refusal to listen to friendly advice has resulted in the privacy of tens of millions being placed under threat. Governments and organisations are realising that companies like Google have a warehouse full of data. And while that data is stored it is under threat of being used and putting privacy in danger.'[1][2]

Davies was also listed as current Chief Executive Officer of UK consultancy group 80/20 Thinking Limited, which is defunct as of June 2015.

Academic postsEdit

Davies has been a visiting fellow in law at both the University of Greenwich and the University of Essex. He has also been a visiting senior fellow within the Department of Management of the London School of Economics (LSE).[3] He is also codirector of the LSE's Policy Engagement Network which is presently researching options for the process stage of the development of a new British constitution.[4] In 2014, he has been a visiting professor at John Cabot University, an American university in Rome, Italy.[5]


In April 1999 Davies received the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award for his contribution to online freedom[6] and in 2007 was made a fellow of the British Computer Society. In both 2004[7] and 2005[8] voted him as one of the world's 50 most influential people in technology policy.