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Trust is a normal part of the human discipline to be constantly forecasting ahead, it is hidden yet essential force in our lives, and it has a lot to do with Surveillance. Google develop our web search results based on our previous behavior and the National Security Agency monitors our emails, phone calls and locations, then uses that information to identify terrorists. Below is an article of Police Oracle of The tension between the need for surveillance and the public’s desire for privacy is eroding trust.


Traditionally police surveillance has been a specialist activity that was the prevail of small units who used gadgets, technology and tradecraft that was little known to the outside world. But the digital age has opened up the world of remote surveillance whereby it is possible to target individuals and groups on a much broader scale.

Merseyside police surveillance drone

It has also opened up a can of worms for law enforcement as the implications of what is technically possible clashes with the legal requirements for accountability and proportionate use of surveillance techniques

How does law enforcement bridge the gap between the old and the new surveillance worlds in terms of both capacity and accountability? Assistant Chief Constable Jon Boutcher, the UK’s national policing lead on technical surveillance, says the challenges of cyber surveillance for law enforcement require a different approach.

Speaking at the Security and Policing event in Farnborough last month, he said: “Historically, we in law enforcement have only trusted and worked with the people we know. But because of the incredible expansion of technology and the internet and how we now communicate, we have got to get some very good agreements and understandings with people we have not worked with before.

“Some of those people will be in foreign jurisdictions and some of those relationships will be with companies where historically these sort of events have been the exception rather than the rule.”

In other words, industry will be coming to meet with the security agencies and law enforcement in new partnerships that haven’t really happened before.


To read this article in its entirety visit Police Oracle


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38 Responses to Police Oracle: Surveillance, a question of trust

  1. Interesting topic. I run social media training and I get enthusiastic about Google’s ability to customise searches etc, but some of the students are freaked out by it – I can understand their thinking but it doesn’t bother me that much – perhaps it should.

  2. Interesting to see a US blogger quoting from a UK police article 🙂

  3. Very interesting article. I think certain situations surveillance is needed but there are times I think that the police can cross the line and invaded people’s privacy.

  4. Esha says:

    Nice article 🙂

  5. Laurel Bill says:

    This is certainly a thought-provoking article. On the one hand, I know that surveillance is a must to help catch wrongdoers. On the other, I hate the thought that such a tool can be abused by law enforcement.

  6. Scott says:

    The future is going to bring some good (and scary) things in relation to surveillance. One can only hope our rights are still honored.

  7. Kungphoo says:

    That is very interesting. I look forward to seeing what the future brings. Great article!

  8. Michelle says:

    This is such an interesting article,thanks for the share.

  9. Meli says:

    How difficult sometimes to determine exactly what to do, especially as new technologies come into being. Thanks for the helpful information.

  10. I think this “hot button issue” is one that will continue to strike up large cast of opinions. I personally believe that there is a fine line between public safety and personal infringement and that we have not gotten anywhere near the place where we can safely say it is balanced. Fear drives infringement and we have to find a better way of dealing with fear.

  11. lisa prince says:

    this world is becoming more and more like big brother house on a larger scale, although i think its appropriate to have surveilance in certain areas , i think theres sooner becoming a little too much in uneedded areas x

  12. It will be interesting to see where this surveillance will take us. It is good on one hand, and a violation of privacy on the other. I imagine that in some cases there is a thin line. Hopefully the ‘powers that be’ will be kept morally responsible. Thanks for your post!

  13. Law enforcement can do their jobs through surveillance for the wrongdoers, but not for anything else.

  14. Ronnie says:

    Personally, I prioritize security over privacy. But then again, I have a degree in Counter Terrorism and have worked for an anti-terrorism research center so I understand what is at stake. Terrorists are becoming progressively more attached to internet use and communication and I prefer that we all be one step ahead of them rather than many backwards.

  15. Ashley says:

    This is a very interesting article. Surveillance may be necessary in some cases.

  16. Veronica says:

    There is no such thing as privacy anymore apparently. I think surveillance is necessary in some cases, but what about privacy

  17. Franc Ramon says:

    It’s nice to see both the old and new technologies in surveillance are being used hand in hand.

  18. I wish we could revert to the old days when a policeman was a guardian against crime.

  19. shine says:

    Surveilance for me, has both negative and positive side. on the positive side, it is useful for monitoring, while on the negative side, it intrudes others privacy.

  20. Sophie Bowns says:

    I liked your article. It was very thought provoking!

  21. Prince says:

    Somehow, this whole thing about the advancement of technology terrifies me when I think about this side of technological improvement… Thanks for sharing this post though! 🙂

  22. Yvonne Brown says:

    Wow! This is so OO7!

  23. Marie says:

    This surveillance post makes me so paranoid about the future. With new technology, the police may go to great lengths, maybe even violating privacy, to solve crimes.

  24. Traci Henegar says:

    What interesting information on how they can and can’t work together.

  25. Stephanie Clopton says:

    I don’t really understand how this all works, but they still can’t find the missing plane and that’s very sad.

  26. Jim Striegel says:

    I don’t think I’m that interesting to spy on and would hope they use this technology in the right places.

  27. Lisa Hodges says:

    With new technology always comes a place of uncertainty.

  28. Vicki Bezio says:

    There seems to be a lot of data mining as I am always being advertised things that I recently searched or similar.

  29. Joanne says:

    With all the new technology, there are so many ways to perform surveillance. Sometimes it’s needed, other times it’s intrusive.

  30. This is very interesting. Looking forward with what will come next 🙂

  31. Leila says:

    Interesting article. I was just thinking of something similar last night – we don’t know who is watching us and when. Think about it. I do not doubt for one second that Google doesn’t watch everything that I do on the internet all the time (or that someone is). Who is to say that I’m not being watched all the time by someone or something. It doesn’t really bother me much in honesty. If you aren’t doing anything wrong, you should have to worry, right?

  32. Tom says:

    These are new times we are in with surveillance, hopefully it all works out for the good

  33. Interesting article about police surveillance. In some scenarios I find it necessary but in others it is not always needed.

  34. Dov Shapira says:

    There are many changes, for good and bad

  35. katherine says:

    This is an interesting read. I do think privacy is an issue here!

  36. Really interesting post on how technology is affecting everything…even law enforcement. Cyber surveillance with the use of drones is more than likely on the horizon and will undoubtedly make some things easier for police, but will certainly provoke some privacy law issues too.

  37. Jo Casey says:

    You’re right – there is such a tension between keeping us all safe and protecting privacy. It’s such an interesting debate (I’m not sure about that Police office in the eye wear either!)

  38. Some people are not really enthusiastic about federal agencies spying around in the World Wide Web. But I believe that it also has its advantages. We won’t have to worry as long as we’re not doing anything illegal, unlawful or wrong in the cyber world.

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