ID scanners and uberveillance in the night-time economy: crime prevention or invasion of privacy?

Palmer, Darren, Warren, Ian and Miller, Peter 2013, ID scanners and uberveillance in the night-time economy: crime prevention or invasion of privacy?, in Uberveillance and the social implications of microchip implants: emerging technologies, IGI Global, Hershey Pa., pp.208-225.

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Title ID scanners and uberveillance in the night-time economy: crime prevention or invasion of privacy?
Author(s) Palmer, Darren
Warren, Ian
Miller, Peter
Title of book Uberveillance and the social implications of microchip implants: emerging technologies
Editor(s) Michael, M.G.
Michael, Katina
Publication date 2013
Chapter number 9
Total chapters 17
Start page 208
End page 225
Total pages 18
Publisher IGI Global
Place of Publication Hershey Pa.
Keyword(s) Dataveillance
ID scanners
Privacy
Night-time economy
e-governance
Public policing
Security
Due process
Surveillant assemblage
Technological determinism
Summary ID scanners are promoted as an effective solution to the problems of anti-social behavior and violence in many urban nighttime economies. However, the acceptance of this and other forms of computerized surveillance to prevent crime and anti-social behavior is based on several unproven assumptions. After outlining what ID scanners are and how they are becoming a normalized precondition of entry into one Australian nighttime economy, this chapter demonstrates how technology is commonly viewed as the key to preventing crime despite recognition of various problems associated with its adoption. The implications of technological determinism amongst policy makers, police, and crime prevention theories are then critically assessed in light of several issues that key informants talking about the value of ID scanners fail to mention when applauding their success. Notably, the broad, ill-defined, and confused notion of “privacy” is analyzed as a questionable legal remedy for the growing problems of überveillance.
ISBN 1466645830
9781466645837
Field of Research 160201 Causes and Prevention of Crime
160205 Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
180106 Comparative Law
Socio Economic Objective 940402 Crime Prevention
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
HERDC collection year 2013
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30059079

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