A Future for Privacy

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Cybersecurity book series (BRIEFSCYBER)


We discuss how the personal privacy that we are used to as a way of life is continuously being threatened by modern technology. We divide these threats into different categories based on who the perpetrator is, and the extent to which the privacy invasion was intended by the system designer. We discuss in detail how some technologies, like the web, compromise privacy. We explain why privacy is important and describe the conflict between privacy and law enforcement. Finally, we explain our ideas for the future, which include a system for verifiable accountability to allow citizens to see what and how much information is collected and used. We give some examples of how such technology could be used in the future.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Computer ScienceUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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