Privacy and the State

  • Chris Berg
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism book series (PASTCL)


Governments require vast quantities of information for planning, regulatory compliance, and law enforcement. This chapter looks at the effect that this data collection, use, and storage has for privacy. In the exchange model of information used in this book, government surveillance is an involuntary exchange akin to taxation. The chapter first considers the ‘smart cities’ movement and the use of information for urban planning. It then considers how this sort of data use relates to the common claim that only people with information to hide from the state have anything to fear from surveillance. The chapter then looks at the concern of many law enforcement agencies that the privacy protections of device and end-to-end encryption mean that much human interaction is ‘going dark.’


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  • Chris Berg
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  1. 1.RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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