Surveillance, privacy and the law of requisite variety

Vasilios Katos*, Frank Stowell, Peter Bednar

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Abstract

In both the academic literature and in the media there have been concerns expressed about the level of surveillance technologies used to facilitate security and its effect upon privacy. Government policies in the USA and the UK are continuing to increase surveillance technologies to counteract perceived terrorist threats. Reflecting upon Ashby's Law of Requisite Variety, the authors conclude that these policies will not meet espoused ends and investigate an alternative strategy for policy making. The authors develop a methodology by drawing on an isomorphy of concepts from the discipline of Macroeconomics. This proposal is achieved by considering security and privacy as economic goods, where surveillance is seen as security technologies serving ID management and privacy is considered as being supported by ID assurance solutions. As the means of exploring the relationship between surveillance and privacy in terms of the proposed methodology, the authors use scenarios from a public report commissioned by the UK Government. The result of this exercise suggests that the proposed methodology could be a valuable tool for decision making at a strategic and aggregate level.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationData Privacy Management and Autonomous Spontaneous Security
Subtitle of host publication5th International Workshop, DPM 2010 and 3rd International Workshop, SETOP 2010, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsJoaquin Garcia-Alfaro, Guillermo Navarro-Arribas, Ana Cavalli, Jean Leneutre
PublisherSpringer
Pages123-139
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783642193484
ISBN (Print)9783642193477
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011
Event5th International Workshop on Data Privacy Management, DPM 2010 and 3rd International Workshop on Autonomous and Spontaneous Security, SETOP 2010 - Athens, Greece
Duration: 23 Sep 201023 Sep 2010

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
Volume6514
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference5th International Workshop on Data Privacy Management, DPM 2010 and 3rd International Workshop on Autonomous and Spontaneous Security, SETOP 2010
Country/TerritoryGreece
CityAthens
Period23/09/1023/09/10

Keywords

  • Ashby's Law of Requisite Variety
  • Macroeconomics
  • Privacy
  • Security
  • Surveillance
  • Systems

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