State Surveillance

Fenwick, Helen and Fenwick, Daniel (2016) State Surveillance. In: Fenwick on Civil Liberties & Human Rights (5th ed). Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 788-829. ISBN 9781138837935, 9781138837942, 9781315734767

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In recent years the security services and police have invaded privacy with increasing frequency as the technology allowing them to do so has become more advanced, and as those involved in criminal behaviour or terrorism use increasingly sophisticated techniques of communication. The documents leaked by the whistle-blower Edward Snowden concerning the extent of surveillance carried out by GCHQ revealed a massive extension of the state capacity to gather information about the online activities of individuals. The justification given for such an extension is primarily the need to address new forms of electronic communications used by criminals, especially terrorists, to organize their operations. However, the scale of GCHQ’s surveillance activities appears to go far beyond this justification, and, despite official reassurances, there is now a widespread concern that current surveillance powers, particularly those relating to the interception of communications, are too broad and institutions conducting surveillance lack accountability.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This chapter has been updated and revised for this edition by Daniel Fenwick, Lecturer in Law, University of Northumbria, UK.
Subjects: M200 Law by Topic
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Daniel Fenwick
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2016 11:37
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 21:02

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