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[ FSA Conference 2010 ] Big Brother alert


‘Surveillance should be specifically targeted and proportionate not ubiquitous everywhere at all times, just in case,’ Alex Deane, director of Big Brother Watch, stated, as he outlined his opposition to unnecessary use of surveillance – particularly by local authorities. He claimed: ‘We do so in an environment where I think we have grossly overreacted to the supposed threat of terrorism and grossly overreacted to the supposed threats that face us today’ Deane argued that CCTV and surveillance were used disproportionately. He backed the use of surveillance for genuine security reasons. However, he pointed to examples of local authorities using covert surveillance for enforcing smoking bans, monitoring wheelie bins, and so on – inappropriate surveillance that, he said, gave the security agenda a bad name. Deane called on delegates to urge people not to use surveillance where it is plainly inappropriate. He proposed they adopt pro-active self-regulation – or risk external regulation.


Peter Greenwood Award n


Former ECA president and Wessex Group founder,


Tony Morgan, was presented with the Peter Greenwood Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Security Systems Industry at the FSA annual dinner. The award is sponsored by


the FSA and awarded by the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. Stefan Hay, head of the FSA said: ‘Tony has worked


tirelessly for decades and at every level to improve standards in the security systems industry, at both educational and technical levels. He is an enthusiastic committee participant and has worked on numerous projects and initiatives over his long career, to improve the business environment for security systems installers. He is recognised as one of the true leaders and absolute gentlemen


FSA Award winner


Serving fire officer Steve Norman has become the first recipient of the FSA Award


Steve Norman (centre) receives the FSA Award


for Outstanding Contribution to the Fire Systems Industry. Steve Norman is station manager of A28 Station, Dowgate in the City of London. He led the working group for the development of the CFOA Protocol for the Reduction of False Alarms and Unwanted Fire Signals, and more recently the Code of Practice for Summoning a Fire Response via Fire Alarm Monitoring Organisations. Announcing the award, chairman of the FSA Steve Kimber said: ‘Steve Norman has


worked closely with the industry for a number of years, during which time he has developed a reputation as a trustworthy, transparent and fair working partner who, with wisdom, humour and tact, has managed to negotiate his way through the politics of trade associations and representative bodies. We believe the outputs of his work, which now fully recognise the importance of third party certification, will have an extremely important and positive impact on our industry.’


Tony Morgan (centre) receives the Peter Greenwood Award


of our industry, and the judge’s decision to give this award to Tony was unanimous.’


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