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Surveillance technologies form an increasingly ubiquitous presence in many EU member states. CCTV cameras, traffic regulation systems, ID cards, biometric developments, airport security checks and on-line forms of dataveillance are just some of the many ways in which the public are subject to forms of scrutiny, data collection, data storage and data sharing. These surveillance systems are often welcomed as a means of protection and for easing public fears, but also raise profound questions for democratic states of the nature of the relationship between state and citizenry. Currently, regulation of surveillance systems differs across EU member states, including legal prohibitions, forms of licensing, self-certification, data protection and information or data protection commissioners.

Forms of accountability have emerged as one means by which the potential consequences of surveillance systems might be recognised and assessed and formally incorporated into public sector policy or into the ways in which companies do business. Managing Privacy through Accountability draws together contributions from leading figures in the field of surveillance to engage in discussion of the emergence of accountability as a central motif in debates around privacy invasion and privacy protection. It is the first book to engage in this debate.


Description

Surveillance technologies form an increasingly ubiquitous presence in many EU member states. CCTV cameras, traffic regulation systems, ID cards, biometric developments, airport security checks and on-line forms of dataveillance are just some of the many ways in which the public are subject to forms of scrutiny, data collection, data storage and data sharing. These surveillance systems are often welcomed as a means of protection and for easing public fears, but also raise profound questions for democratic states of the nature of the relationship between state and citizenry. Currently, regulation of surveillance systems differs across EU member states, including legal prohibitions, forms of licensing, self-certification, data protection and information or data protection commissioners.

Forms of accountability have emerged as one means by which the potential consequences of surveillance systems might be recognised and assessed and formally incorporated into public sector policy or into the ways in which companies do business. Managing Privacy through Accountability draws together contributions from leading figures in the field of surveillance to engage in discussion of the emergence of accountability as a central motif in debates around privacy invasion and privacy protection. It is the first book to engage in this debate.


Reviews

'Can robust forms of accountability successfully temper the negative effects of contemporary surveillance? This book provides a much-needed, critical exploration of the potentials of accountability cultures to transform institutions so that privacy protections are taken seriously.' - Torin Monahan, author of Surveillance in the Time of Insecurity


Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Preface
Notes on Contributors
Introduction; D.Neyland, D.Guagnin, L.Hempel, C.Ilten, I.Kroener & H.Postigo
The Meaning of 'Accountability' in the Information Privacy Context; C.Raab
The Accountability Approach to Privacy and Data Protection: Assumptions and Caveats; C.J.Bennett
The Accountability Principle in Data Protection Regulation: Origin, Development and Future Directions; J.Alhadeff, B.V.Alsenoy & J.Dumortier
The Challenges of Working out Surveillance and Accountability in Theory and Practice; D.Neyland
Bridging the Gap: We Need to Get Together; D.Guagnin, L.HempelC.Ilten
Privacy and Trust In Sociotechnical Systems of Accountability; P.M.Regan & D.G.Johnson
Maintaining Sovereignty over Personal Data in Social Networking Sites; E.AImeur, S.Gambs & A.Ho
'Cold Intimacies': Community Notification, Satellite Tracking and the Ruined Privacy of Sex Offenders; M.Nellis
Electronic Health Records – The Case for Accountability in Hospitals; A.Dix
Accountability and System Responsibility: New Concepts in Data Protection Law and Human Rights Law; P.De Hert
Accountability and Independence of Data Protection Authorities – A Trade-off?; P.Schütz
Beyond Accountability, the Return to Privacy?; R.Gellert & S.Gutwirth


Authors

DANIEL GUAGNIN is a research associate at the Technical University Berlin, Germany. Alongside privacy and surveillance, his research interests include access to knowledge and socio-technical infrastructures.
LEON HEMPEL is a senior researcher at the Centre for Technology and Society at the Technical University Berlin, Germany. His research draws together sociology of technology and innovation, security studies and evaluation methodology.
CARLA ILTEN is a junior researcher at the Technical University Berlin, Germany. She is now working on a PhD thesis.
INGA KROENER is a senior research associate at Lancaster University, UK. Her research interests lie in the area of contemporary history of CCTV and public engagement in the UK.
DANIEL NEYLAND is a senior lecturer at Lancaster University, UK. His research interests cover issues of governance, accountability and ethics in forms of science, technology and organization.
HECTOR POSTIGO is Associate Professor of Digital Media at Temple University, USA. His research engages with computer hacking and security in social movements, activism and digital privacy rights.