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Chapter

Government Surveillance

James B. Rule

in Privacy in Peril

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780195307832
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199944040 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307832.003.0002
Government Surveillance

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This chapter discusses government surveillance. It emphasizes that whatever governments can do for their populations, they can also do against them. One good example is using surveillance systems as instruments of oppression. From here, the discussion shifts to government surveillance in America, Australia, France, Canada, and Great Britain. It then looks at the coalescence of government surveillance. The chapter also introduces the Patriot Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA).

Keywords: government surveillance; surveillance systems; instruments of oppression; Patriot Act; Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

Chapter.  20351 words. 

Subjects: social theory

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