The glass consumer: Life in a surveillance society by Susanne Lace

By Susanne Lace

We're all ‘glass consumers’. organisations recognize rather a lot approximately us, they could nearly see via us. The Glass purchaser appraises this relentless scrutiny of consumers’ lives. It reports what's identified approximately how own info is used and examines the advantages and hazards to shoppers. The e-book takes the talk past privateness matters, arguing that we live in a global in which—more than ever before—our own details defines our possibilities in existence.

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However, this taxonomy is rather coarse, not least because in most surveys designed and analysed using this approach, the vast majority of the population turn out to be pragmatists, but this obscures important differences in their patterns of risk perception, their patterns of trust, and the ways in which they would and would not be prepared to see some privacy concerns overridden by other imperatives. For critiques, see 6 with Lasky and Fletcher (1998). On patterns of risk perception, see 6 (2002a); PIU (2002); and 6 (2002c).

In some countries such as Australia, laws have regulated the manner in which internal manipulations of data are conducted, for example, by controlling the use of data-matching algorithms: the Privacy Commissioner is given powers to issue guidelines, which do not have the status of law but are used in audit. html). Again, however, we lack evaluations of the privacy impact of and compliance with such detailed governance of the manner of manipulation of data. Turning to severity or level of harm, again we have few quantitative indicators.

Severe disagreements have arisen because the concept of privacy is a philosophical quagmire and has been variously construed (Westin, 1967; Schoeman, 1992). Beyond that, regulators and the regulated have contested the practical embodiment of the principles in specific rules governing data processing. Whether, for example, data subjects should have to opt-in or opt-out to the processing of their data; how long is too long with regard to the retention of data; and when the sharing of data is permissible across public sector organisations (a question of supreme importance in the aftermath of the 2003 Soham murders case), are only some of the grey areas in the principles and in the law that is predicated on them.

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