Sociology of Surveillance

Objectives

  • To identify patterns and trends in attitudes towards surveillance and privacy as evident from sociological studies.
  • To take patterns and trends identified into account when analyzing the findings of impact assessments and qualitative research undertaken in previous work-packages.
  • To produce best-practice criteria developed on the basis of citizen perceptions, operational efficiency and established legal principles

Description of work

Task 11.1 Research and construct analytical bibliography of existing research on sociology of surveillance

A review of previous research carried out both within and outside the EU in the area of sociology of surveillance will be carried out with a view to constructing an analytical bibliography of patterns and trends in the development of attitudes towards surveillance and privacy within different societies.

Task 11.2 Up-dated literature review of existing research on sociology of surveillance

Using the analytical bibliography constructed in Task 11.1, an up-dated literature review of previous research carried out both within and outside the EU in the area of sociology of surveillance will be produced out with a view to constructing an analytical overview of patterns and trends in the development of attitudes towards surveillance and privacy within different societies.

Task 11.3 Compare-and-contrast analysis of current/foreseeable smart surveillance practices and citizen expectations

On the basis of the literature review produced by Task 11.2, the Impact Assessments prepared in the context of WP2, WP3, WP4, WP5, WP8 and WP9 and the discussion group report prepared as part of Task 10.4, a compare-and contrast analysis will be carried out of current as well as foreseeable policies and practices used by police and security forces and the expectations of citizens regarding their right to privacy.

Task 11.4 Development of criteria for the privacy friendly use of smart surveillance

On the basis of the results from Task 11.3, and taking into account existing legally-entrenched principles identified in WP 6, WP 7 and WP 12, criteria will be developed to maximize privacyfriendly use of smart surveillance technologies.