Recent revelations of mass surveillance programmes clearly demonstrate the ever-
increasing capabilities of surveillance technologies. The lack of serious reactions to these
activities shows that the political will to implement them appears to be an unbroken trend.
The resulting move into a surveillance society is, however, contested for many reasons. Are
the resulting infringements of privacy and other human rights compatible with democratic
societies? Is security necessarily depending on surveillance? Are there alternative ways to
frame security? Is it possible to gain in security by giving up civil liberties, or is it even
necessary to do so, and do citizens adopt this trade-off? This volume contributes to a better
and deeper understanding of the relation between privacy, surveillance and security,
comprising in-depth investigations and studies of the common narrative that more security
can only come at the expense of sacrifice of privacy. The book combines theoretical research
with a wide range of empirical studies focusing on the citizen’s perspective. It presents
empirical research exploring factors and criteria relevant for the assessment of surveillance
technologies. The book also deals with the governance of surveillance technologies. New
approaches and instruments for the regulation of security technologies and measures are
presented, and recommendations for security policies in line with ethics and fundamental
rights are discussed.
This book will be of much interest to students of surveillance studies, critical security
studies, intelligence studies, EU politics and IR in general.