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    In a free society the purpose of mass surveillance should be to protect rather than undermine the way we live

In a free society the purpose of mass surveillance should be to protect rather than undermine the way we live

Surveillance is not an end in itself. It has a purpose. In a free society the purpose of surveillance should be to protect the way we live, including our privacy, our liberty, and our democracy; and to frustrate those that want to take these things away. But mass surveillance that infringes on privacy and liberty fails to play this […]

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    The Privacy Impact Assessment undertaken for care.data isn’t clear on what opting out would mean for our data

The Privacy Impact Assessment undertaken for care.data isn’t clear on what opting out would mean for our data

Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) exist to aid policymakers mitigate identified privacy risks and minimise unintended privacy impacts. So did the care.data PIA miss important issues or were its recommendations mishandled? It would appear both, writes Edgar Whitley. 

A recent edition of the Daily Telegraph led with a story about the details of the care.data proposals.  In making its claims that patient confidentiality could […]

A vision of control: the increased sophistication of CCTV brings new controversy

CCTV has evolved into a very different creature to what it was when the first cameras were installed. The technology has become more sophisticated and there has been a rise in peripheral products which radically change its nature and capability. With regulation severely lacking, it is time for serious public debate about where CCTV is headed and the boundaries of […]

February 6th, 2014|Emmeline Taylor|2 Comments|

Looking through a legal PRISM at UK and US intelligence agency surveillance

The uncovering of the PRISM programme has concerned many that the UK authorities are circumventing the legal framework and gathering data on its own citizens via US surveillance agencies. Orla Lynskey describes the statutory controls that exist regarding data sharing with the US and explores whether they are adequate to protect UK citizens’ privacy. She concludes that there are little safeguards and […]

June 13th, 2013|Orla Lynskey|4 Comments|

Book Review: Life After New Media: Mediation as a Vital Process

In Life after New Media, Sarah Kember and Joanna Zylinska make a case for a significant shift in our understanding of new media. They argue that we should move beyond our fascination with objects such as smart phones to an examination of the interlocking technical, social, and biological processes of mediation. Kim Toffoletti believes this ambitious project succeeds in convincing us to […]

Book Review: Social Media as Surveillance: rethinking visibility in a converging world

Within a few years social media has become an ordinary part of our everyday lives. So too increasingly have fears about the impact this technology has had on privacy. In Social Media As Surveillance Daniel Trottier presents empirical research with a range of interested parties, using this a basis to explore the relationship between social media and surveillance. Paul Bernal found the book impressive and timely, […]

2012: A pivotal year for privacy?

In the first of our year in review series, Paul Bernal reflects on 2012 and its implications for privacy and communication. He argues that 2012 could come to have been a pivotal year in the politics of privacy. 2012 has been a big year for privacy, in politics, in law and for the public, but it’s still not clear whether it’s […]

All three major political parties are deeply conflicted over the politics of privacy

The proposed Communications Data Bill has proved deeply controversial, generating widespread debate about privacy and civil liberties. Paul Bernal offers an overview of the dynamics within each of the major political parties on such issues and argues that the politics of privacy are deeply complex. The news that the Lib Dems are apparently ready to ‘ditch’ the Communications Data Bill – the so-called ‘Snoopers Charter’ – […]

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