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

Palmer, Darren, Warren, Ian and Miller, Peter 2014, ID scanners and überveillance in the night-time economy: crime prevention or invasion of privacy?. In Michael, M. G. and Michael, Katina (ed), Uberveillance and the social implications of microchip implants: emerging technologies, IGI Global, Hershey, Pa., pp.208-225, doi: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4582-0.ch009.

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Title ID scanners and überveillance in the night-time economy: crime prevention or invasion of privacy?
Author(s) Palmer, DarrenORCID iD for Palmer, Darren orcid.org/0000-0001-6675-1155
Warren, IanORCID iD for Warren, Ian orcid.org/0000-0001-8355-118X
Miller, PeterORCID iD for Miller, Peter orcid.org/0000-0002-6896-5437
Title of book Uberveillance and the social implications of microchip implants: emerging technologies
Editor(s) Michael, M. G.
Michael, Katina
Publication date 2014
Series Advances in human and social aspects of technology (AHSAT)
Chapter number 9
Total chapters 17
Start page 208
End page 225
Total pages 18
Publisher IGI Global
Place of Publication Hershey, Pa.
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 9781466664340
9781466645820
Language eng
DOI 10.4018/978-1-4666-4582-0.ch009
Field of Research 160205 Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
Socio Economic Objective 940402 Crime Prevention
HERDC Research category B1.1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
Copyright notice ©2014, IGI Global
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30084127

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Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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