Ethics in domestic surviellance

benefits of government internet surveillance

Philosophy and Public Affairs Power Throughout this article there has been a recurring theme of power. Lango, J. Having enjoyed those opportunities, Nicholas hopes to combine his background and current interests by focusing in Project Management and passing on his creative passion for words and life to others.

For a utilitarian the way to see whether an act is right or wrong is to look at its results or consequences.

Is electronic surveillance ethical

In this novel the Panopticon became electrical with the invention of the telescreen, a two-way television which allowed the state almost total visual and auditory access to the homes, streets and workplaces of the citizens. Finally there is the possibility of using surveillance for personal gain. Fisa court oversight: a look inside a secret and empty process. In many cases we do not want to know everything about everyone around us and so privacy can protect the rest of us from being exposed to too much information. A particular true belief is justified, and hence can be regarded as knowledge, if a person comes to have that belief in the right sort of way. United States, law enforcement is a competitive enterprise in which government agents will seek any strategic advantage available to them. Retailers, as noted above, monitor customer spending habits to improve efficiency and sales. Final point: Even if intelligence agencies did not target individuals, by weakening encryption all over the Internet in the way that they do, they make individuals more vulnerable to things like identity theft. This questioning has been increasingly reflected in academia with the creation of the inter-disciplinary field of Surveillance Studies, bringing together sociologists, jurists, political scientists, geographers, and increasingly philosophers, to consider issues connected with and arising from surveillance. Frankly, it would be scandalous if they did not. Savage, Charles, et al.

John Lango Lango has suggested two criteria for necessity: The feasibility standard and the awfulness standard. Like human nature, once something gets old, enough people forget and begin to throw away things that can protect them.

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However even here it would appear as if there are cases when these might become of critical importance to justifying causes, such as state security. Someone might also argue that our awareness of the presence of the cameras has a chilling effect on us, and since they are causing distress, they ought to be banned.

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Surveillance Ethics