Show Summary Details

p. 11. The Assaultlocked

  • Raymond Wacks

Abstract

‘The assault’ examines surveillance and its effect on our behaviour. From wiretapping to the most sophisticated forms of electronic monitoring and DNA fingerprinting, the knowledge that our activities are or may be monitored undermines our psychological and emotional autonomy. What are the dangers of the misuse of personal information? In authoritarian countries, biometrics may be imposed on the public, and personal information can be used to commit fraud. The new technology has the capacity to undermine our liberty, but at the same time it is necessary for combating the threats to our liberty, such as terrorism and crime. The arguments for and against DNA databases and ID cards are examined.

Access to the complete content on Very Short Introductions online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.