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1st Edition

Surveillance in Europe

ISBN 9780415728997
Published October 8, 2014 by Routledge
436 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Surveillance in Europe is an accessible, definitive and comprehensive overview of the rapidly growing multi-disciplinary field of surveillance studies in Europe. Written by experts in the field, including leading scholars, the Companion’s clear and up to date style will appeal to a wide range of scholars and students in the social sciences, arts and humanities.

This book makes the case for greater resilience in European society in the face of the growing pervasiveness of surveillance. It examines surveillance in Europe from several different perspectives, including:

  • the co-evolution of surveillance technologies and practices

  • the surveillance industry in Europe

  • the instrumentality of surveillance for preventing and detecting crime and terrorism

  • social and economic costs

  • impacts of surveillance on civil liberties

  • resilience in Europe’s surveillance society.

  • the consequences and impacts for Europe of the Snowden revelations

  • findings and recommendations regarding surveillance in Europe

Surveillance in Europe's interdisciplinary approach and accessible content makes it an ideal companion to academics, policy-makers and civil society organisations alike, as well as appealing to top level undergraduates and postgraduates.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Surveillance in Europe  2. European Responses to the Snowden Revelations  3.The Co-Evolution of Surveillance Technologies and Surveillance Practices  4. The Surveillance Industry in Europe  5. Surveillance: Preventing and detecting crime and terrorism  6.1. Social and Economic Costs of Surveillance  6.2. Towards a Taxonomy of Social and Economic Costs  6.3. Social Costs of Surveillance  6.4. Surveillance and Conformity  6.5. Economic Costs of Surveillance Technologies  6.6. The Relevance of Social and Economic Costs of Surveillance  6.7. Conclusion  7.1 Effects of Surveillance on Civil Liberties and Fundamental Rights in Europe  7.2. Surveillance: Effects on privacy, autonomy and dignity  7.3. Effects of Surveillance on Freedom of Assembly, Association and Expression  7.4. Surveillance, Freedom of Movement and Discrimination  7.5. The Effects of Surveillance on Social Integration and Equality of Treatment  7.6. Effects of surveillance on the rule of law, due process and presumption of innocence  7.7. Effects of Rights and Freedoms on System Design  7.8. Good Practice in Privacy Design: Some examples  7.9. Effects of Rights and Values on the Oversight of Information Systems  8. Resilience in Europe’s Surveillance Society  9. Findings and Recommendations

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David Wright is Managing Partner of Trilateral Research & Consulting, a London-based partnership, which he founded in 2004 ( He has been a partner in numerous projects funded by the European Commission involving privacy, surveillance, risk, security and ethics. He was the lead author of a study performed by Trilateral for the UK Information Commissioner’s Office in the first half of 2013 on privacy impact assessment and risk management. He is a freelance researcher on the faculty of the Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He has published many articles in peer-reviewed journals. His most recent book, Privacy Impact Assessment, was published in 2012.

Reinhard Kreissl studied sociology and holds a doctoral degree from the University of Frankfurt. He is currently scientific director of the Institute of Sociology of Law and Criminology (IRKS) and CEO of IRKS-research GmbH. He is co-ordinator of several European FP7 research projects (IRISS, ASSERT) and partner in numerous others. He was a member of the Security Advisory Board of DG Enterprise under FP7. He has published widely in the sociology of law, criminology, surveillance and sociology of social control. His most recent publication is "Assessing Security Technology’s Impact: Old Tools for New Problems", in Science and Engineering Ethics.


'The editors and authors meet their ambition of providing an overview of surveillance politics and practices in Europe, assessing and evaluating the societal impact and raising awareness of the drawbacks of mass surveillance... This book deserves the attention of the wider public since it is the first attempt to interconnect issues of surveillance and resilience... The editors and the authors appeal to European societal stakeholders, including citizens, to not slavishly accept the characteristics and consequences of the surveillance society, but instead to show resistance in order to become protected against the arbitrariness and exploitation of surveillance practices. This is an important book.'— Kees Boersma, VU University Amsterdam, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books (Rutgers University)