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Institutional Trustworthiness and the Security-Privacy Trade-Off in Europe

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Professor Kirstie Ball, from the School of Management, will present this School of Psychology and Neuroscience Seminar.
Presenter
Professor Kirstie Ball
Type
Seminar
Open to
All staff and students
Date
Friday, 14 April 2017
Time
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Where
Old Library, Psychology Building
Contact
Dr Karen Spencer
Email
kas21@st-andrews.ac.uk
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Against a backdrop of declining public trust in government and a climate of intense international terrorist threat, governments around the world are appealing to citizens to trade privacy for enhanced security. This talk will examine the relationship between the institutional trustworthiness of security agencies and the public’s acceptance of the way they use digital surveillance technologies. Using the case of Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), survey data gathered in six European countries (n=1202) are analysed to demonstrate that security agencies’ institutional trustworthiness shapes the public acceptance of DPI. Professor Ball argues for an institutional influence on the ‘security-privacy trade-off’. The talk will end by calling for security agencies and their respective governments to engage with the democratic process in order to enrich security and privacy at all levels of public security governance and for the common good.

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