This volume examines the relationship between privacy, surveillance and security, and the alleged privacy–security trade-off, focusing on the citizen’s perspective.

Recent revelations of mass surveillance programmes clearly demonstrate the ever-increasing capabilities of surveillance technologies. The lack of serious reactions to these activities shows that the political will to implement them appears to be an unbroken trend. The resulting move into a surveillance society is, however, contested for many reasons. Are the resulting infringements of privacy and other human rights compatible with democratic societies? Is security necessarily depending on surveillance? Are there alternative ways to frame security? Is it possible to gain in security by giving up civil liberties, or is it even necessary to do so, and do citizens adopt this trade-off? This volume contributes to a better and deeper understanding of the relation between privacy, surveillance and security, comprising in-depth investigations and studies of the common narrative that more security can only come at the expense of sacrifice of privacy. The book combines theoretical research with a wide range of empirical studies focusing on the citizen’s perspective. It presents empirical research exploring factors and criteria relevant for the assessment of surveillance technologies. The book also deals with the governance of surveillance technologies. New approaches and instruments for the regulation of security technologies and measures are presented, and recommendations for security policies in line with ethics and fundamental rights are discussed.

This book will be of much interest to students of surveillance studies, critical security studies, intelligence studies, EU politics and IR in general.

A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via www.tandfebooks.com. It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 3.0 license.

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Surveillance, privacy and security
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part I|92 pages

Citizens’ perceptions on security and privacy – empirical findings

chapter 1|21 pages

Privacy and security

Citizens’ desires for an equal footing
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chapter 2|16 pages

Citizens’ privacy concerns

Does national culture matter?
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chapter 3|19 pages

The acceptance of new security oriented technologies

A ‘framing’ experiment
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chapter 4|20 pages

Aligning security and privacy

The case of Deep Packet Inspection
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chapter 5|14 pages

Beyond the trade-off between privacy and security?

Organizational routines and individual strategies at the security check 1
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part II|48 pages

Emergent security and surveillance systems

chapter 6|16 pages

The deployment of drone technology in border surveillance

Between techno-securitization and challenges to privacy and data protection 1
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chapter 7|16 pages

Perceptions of videosurveillance in Greece

A ‘Greek paradox’ beyond the trade-off of security and privacy?
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part III|120 pages

Governance of security and surveillance systems

chapter 9|22 pages

Moving away from the security–privacy trade-off

The use of the test of proportionality in decision support
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chapter 13|22 pages

In quest of reflexivity

Towards an anticipatory governance regime for security 1
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chapter 14|18 pages

A game of hide-and-seek?

Unscrambling the trade-off between privacy and security
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