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Surveillance society’ centre launches at Stirling University – BBC News


A research centre to focus on the surveillance society has been launched at the University of Stirling.

The Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy (Crisp) will study surveillance technologies, how they are used and the privacy implications.

Crisp will look at all forms of data gathering, from mobile phones to loyalty cards.

Researchers hope it will help lead the discussion around the technology’s use.

Stirling’s Professor William Webster is one of the founding directors of Crisp. He said: “Surveillance technologies can be the everyday things that we take for granted: mobile phones, supermarket loyalty cards, website cookies or satellite navigation systems in the car.

Poor understanding

“These create a digital footprint and provide very valuable personal information that can be used by government agencies and private organisations.

“Currently, we do not have a good enough understanding of the information and its use.”

As a society, we haven’t valued privacy enough”

Professor William Webster University of Stirling

He said the new centre will help researchers develop awareness about how surveillance technologies are used and the consequences of that use.


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