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December 18, 2013

Just Published: ‘When the Profile Becomes the Population’

Dr Ian Warren

Darren PalmerDeakin’s Ian Warren and Darren Palmer with Canadian colleagues Randy Lippert (University of Windsor) and Kevin Walby (University of Winnipeg) have recently published ‘When the profile becomes the population: Examining Privacy Governance and Road Traffic Surveillance in Canada and Australia’ in the latest issue of Current Issues in Criminal Justice.

The article uses case studies of automated licence/number plate recognition (ALPR/ANPR) in Canada and Australia to examine privacy as a technique for governing road traffic surveillance. This analysis is explained in light of Harcourt’s (2007) argument against the use of actuarial prediction and ‘hit rates’ that are rationalised as the chief measure of law enforcement activities and effectiveness. The authors questions the regulation of surveillance technologies such as ALPR/ANPR through current Canadian and Australian privacy laws, with specific focus on privacy by design (‘PbD’), a strategy that favours improving law enforcement efficiency at the expense of privacy.

The article is published in Volume 25, Number 2, pages 565-584 of Current Issues in Criminal Justice. Click here to view the latest issue of the journal.

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