"Surveillance of citizens is a clear manifestation of government power. The act of surveillance is generally deemed acceptable in a democratic society where it is necessary to protect the interests of the nation and where the power is exercised non-arbitrarily and in accordance with the law. [This book] analyses the core features of surveillance that create stark challenges for transparency and accountability by examining the relationship between language, power, and surveillance. It identifies a number of features of surveillance law, surveillance language, and the distribution of power that perpetuate the existing surveillance paradigm. Using case studies from the US, the UK, and Ireland, it assesses the techniques used to maintain the status quo of continued surveillance expansion. These jurisdictions are selected for their similarities, but also for their key constitutional distinctions, which influence how power is distributed and restrained in the different systems. Though the book maintains that the classic principles of transparency and accountability remain the best means available to limit the arbitrary exercise of government power, it evaluates how these principles could be better realised in order to restore power to the people and to maintain an appropriate balance between government intrusion and the right to privacy."-- Provided by publisher.
"Routledge Focus." -- Cover.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Lost in translation and exploitation: the case of encryption Evolving technological standards, same basic rights : the case of the Fourth Amendment Executive interpretation Independent oversight in the surveillance context Intentional ambiguity.
K5480 .M87 2019
Available in Other Form
Electronic version: Murphy, Maria Helen. Surveillance and the law. 1st. London : Routledge, 2018
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2019.