Privacy campaigner sought over child abuse charges


1 share

Police in Australia have issued a fresh appeal to trace the founder of the campaign group Privacy International, over child sex abuse and indecent assault offences which took place in Sydney in the 1980s.

Simon Davies has not been found despite a warrant for his arrest being issued in September 2016.

He previously worked as a high-profile campaigner for privacy rights.

He was often quoted as a privacy expert in the media, including by the BBC.

New South Wales Police said the warrant relates to 18 offences which took place across Sydney between 1981 and 1987.

Privacy International said in a statement that Mr Davies, aged 63, had stopped working with the group in 2010.

“Throughout his time at PI, our board and the staff had no knowledge of any suspicions or allegations against him,” said Eve Salomon, Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Ms Salomon also expressed “deepest sympathies” to the victims, and described the allegations as “horrific”.

In a Facebook post, New South Wales police said they believe Mr Davies is living in Europe, possibly the UK.

He is described as “being of Caucasian appearance, about 170cm tall, of solid build, and with a bald head”.

“I’m a believer in innocent until proven guilty, but child abuse and sexual assault cast a long shadow,” commented cyber-security expert Prof Alan Woodward from Surrey University.

Prof Woodward said the fact that someone so prominent in the privacy movement was sought over the crimes would “damage the argument that everyone has a right to privacy”.

Story first appeared at BBC.com


What's Your Reaction?

Love It Love It
0
Love It
Hate It Hate It
0
Hate It
Wow Wow
0
Wow
Sad Sad
0
Sad
agree agree
0
agree
disagree disagree
0
disagree
confused confused
0
confused
lol lol
0
lol
omg omg
0
omg

0 Comments

FiWEH Free original videos & shows added weekly.Watch Free!
+ +
Choose A Format
Story
Formatted Text with Embeds and Visuals
Audio
Soundcloud or Mixcloud Embeds
Video
Youtube, Vimeo or Vine Embeds
Poll
Voting to make decisions or determine opinions
List
The Classic Internet Listicles
Personality quiz
Series of questions that intends to reveal something about the personality
Trivia quiz
Series of questions with right and wrong answers that intends to check knowledge
Countdown
The Classic Internet Countdowns
Open List
Submit your own item and vote up for the best submission
Ranked List
Upvote or downvote to decide the best list item
Image
Photo or GIF
Meme
Upload your own images to make custom memes