Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 17 (2):187-207 (2014)

Katerina Hadjimatheou
University of Essex
Is surveillance that is targeted towards specific individuals easier to justify than surveillance that targets broad categories of people? Untargeted surveillance is routinely accused of treating innocent people as suspects in ways that are unfair and of failing to pursue security effectively. I argue that in a wide range of cases untargeted surveillance treats people less like suspects than more targeted alternatives. I also argue that it often deters unwanted behaviour more effectively than targeted alternatives, including profiling. In practice, untargeted surveillance is likely to be least costly morally and most efficient when used as a means of enforcing the rules of a specific activity or institution. Targeted alternatives are likely to be more appropriate means of law enforcement
Keywords Surveillance  Privacy  Stigmatisation  Discrimination  Reciprocity
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s10677-013-9428-1
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 65,581
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Racial Profiling.Mathias Risse & Richard Zeckhauser - 2004 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 32 (2):131-170.
The Basic Liberties and Their Priority.John Rawls - 1987 - In John Rawls & Sterling M. McMurrin (eds.), Liberty, Equality, and Law: Selected Tanner Lectures on Moral Philosophy. University of Utah Press.

View all 15 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Privacy, the Workplace and the Internet.Seumas Miller & John Weckert - 2000 - Journal of Business Ethics 28 (3):255 - 265.
studiVZ: Social Networking in the Surveillance Society. [REVIEW]Christian Fuchs - 2010 - Ethics and Information Technology 12 (2):171-185.
Facing the Future: Seeking Ethics for Everyday Surveillance. [REVIEW]David Lyon - 2001 - Ethics and Information Technology 3 (3):171-180.
Unblinking Eyes: The Ethics of Automating Surveillance.Kevin Macnish - 2012 - Ethics and Information Technology 14 (2):151-167.


Added to PP index

Total views
85 ( #130,095 of 2,461,450 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
5 ( #143,859 of 2,461,450 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes