National Security, Personal Privacy and the Law: Surveying Electronic Surveillance and Data Acquisition, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

National Security, Personal Privacy and the Law

Surveying Electronic Surveillance and Data Acquisition, 1st Edition

By Sybil Sharpe


176 pages

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Hardback: 9780367030407
pub: 2019-11-11
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There have been significant changes in public attitudes towards surveillance in the last few years as a consequence of the Snowden disclosures and the Cambridge Analytica scandal. This book re-evaluates competing arguments between national security and personal privacy. The increased assimilation between intelligence service and police investigatory powers and revelations of unauthorised surveillance have resulted in increased demands for transparency in information gathering and for greater control of personal data. Recent legal reforms have attempted to limit the risks to freedom of association and expression associated with electronic surveillance. This book looks at the background to recent reforms and explains how courts and the legislature are attempting to effect a balance between security and personal liberty within a social contract. It asks what drives public concern when other aspects seem to be less contentious. In view of our apparent willingness to post on social media and engage in on line commerce, it considers if we are truly consenting to a loss of privacy and how this reconciles with concerns about state surveillance.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction;

Chapter 2. Search and Surveillance: The Terrorist Threat;

Chapter 3. Surveillance Outed;

Chapter 4. Finding an Equilibrium;

Chapter 5. Surveying Surveillance;

Chapter 6. Privacy in an Age of Global Surveillance;

About the Author

Sybil Sharpe has lectured at UK universities and authored legal publications on aspects of criminal investigation and evidence with particular emphasis on covert evidence and information gathering. She has also served on the Isle of Man Interception of Communications Tribunal.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Terrorism and the Law

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice
LAW / Civil Rights
LAW / Communications
LAW / Comparative
LAW / Constitutional
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Computer & Internet
LAW / Government / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Legislative Branch
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Privacy & Surveillance (see also SOCIAL SCIENCE / Privacy & Surveillance)
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Privacy & Surveillance (see also POLITICAL SCIENCE / Privacy & Surveillance)