More than privacy

Thinking ethically about public area surveillance

Authored by: Benjamin Goold

The Routledge Handbook of Ethics and Public Policy

Print publication date:  November  2018
Online publication date:  October  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138201279
eBook ISBN: 9781315461731
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This chapter takes as its starting point the claim that we need to move beyond debates about the tension between privacy and security when discussing the ethics of technology like CCTV and focus instead on two key questions. First, it considers whether officials and other decision-makers have an ethical obligation to consider alternatives to the use of CCTV when deciding how best to use public funds. Second, it asks whether the use of CCTV undermines trust in public institutions, and if so how the value of trust should be taken into account when making decisions about the use of public area surveillance technology.

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