Privacy as a Social Value and as a Security Value

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Abstract / Description of output

The Snowden revelations have demonstrated that the US and other nations are amassing data
about people’s lives at an unprecedented scale. Furthermore, these revelations have shown that
intelligence agencies are not only pursuing passive surveillance over the world’s communication
systems, but are also seeking to facilitate such surveillance by undermining the security of the
internet and communications technologies. Thus the activities of these agencies threatens not
only the rights of individual citizens but also the fabric of democratic society.
Intelligence services do have a useful role to play in protecting society and for this need the
capabilities and authority to perform targeted surveillance. But the scope of such surveillance
must be strictly limited by an understanding of its costs as well as benefits, and it should not
impinge on the privacy rights of citizens any more than necessary.
Here we report on a recent Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshop addressing these issues – a fourday
gathering of experts from multiple disciplines connected with privacy and security. The
meeting explored the scope of mass-surveillance and the deliberate undermining of the security
of the internet, defined basic principles that should underlie needed reforms, and discussed the
potential for technical, legal and regulatory means to help restore the security of the internet and
stem infringement of human-rights by ubiquitous electronic surveillance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrivacy and Security in an Age of Surveillance
Subtitle of host publicationReport from Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshop 14401
EditorsBart Preneel, Phillip Rogaway, Mark D. Ryan, Peter Y.A. Ryan
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014

Publication series

NameDagstuhl Reports
ISSN (Print)2192-5283

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Big data
  • encryption
  • mass surveillance
  • privacy


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