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Emerging forms of covert surveillance using GPS-enabled devices

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Abstract


  • This paper presents the real possibility that commercial mobile tracking and monitoring

    solutions will become widely adopted for the practice of non-traditional covert surveillance

    within a community setting, resulting in community members engaging in the covert observation

    of family, friends, or acquaintances. This paper investigates five stakeholder relationships using

    scenarios to demonstrate the potential socio-ethical implications that tracking and monitoring

    people will have on society at large. The five stakeholder types explored in this paper include: (i)

    husband-wife (partner-partner), (ii) parent-child, (iii) employer-employee, (iv) friend-friend, and

    (v) stranger-stranger. Mobile technologies such as mobile camera phones, global positioning

    system data loggers, spatial street databases, radio-frequency identification and other pervasive

    computing can be used to gather real-time, detailed evidence for or against a given position in a

    given context. There are currently limited laws and ethical guidelines for members of the

    community to follow when it comes to what is or is not permitted when using unobtrusive

    technologies to capture multimedia, and other data (e.g. longitude and latitude waypoints) that

    can be electronically chronicled. The evident risks associated with such practices are presented

    and explored herein.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Abbas, R., Michael, K., Michael, M. G. & Aloudat, A. (2011). Emerging forms of covert surveillance using GPS-enabled devices. Journal of Cases on Information Technology, 13 (2), 19-33.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-80052911935

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=9869&context=infopapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/infopapers/2533

Number Of Pages


  • 14

Start Page


  • 19

End Page


  • 33

Volume


  • 13

Issue


  • 2

Abstract


  • This paper presents the real possibility that commercial mobile tracking and monitoring

    solutions will become widely adopted for the practice of non-traditional covert surveillance

    within a community setting, resulting in community members engaging in the covert observation

    of family, friends, or acquaintances. This paper investigates five stakeholder relationships using

    scenarios to demonstrate the potential socio-ethical implications that tracking and monitoring

    people will have on society at large. The five stakeholder types explored in this paper include: (i)

    husband-wife (partner-partner), (ii) parent-child, (iii) employer-employee, (iv) friend-friend, and

    (v) stranger-stranger. Mobile technologies such as mobile camera phones, global positioning

    system data loggers, spatial street databases, radio-frequency identification and other pervasive

    computing can be used to gather real-time, detailed evidence for or against a given position in a

    given context. There are currently limited laws and ethical guidelines for members of the

    community to follow when it comes to what is or is not permitted when using unobtrusive

    technologies to capture multimedia, and other data (e.g. longitude and latitude waypoints) that

    can be electronically chronicled. The evident risks associated with such practices are presented

    and explored herein.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Abbas, R., Michael, K., Michael, M. G. & Aloudat, A. (2011). Emerging forms of covert surveillance using GPS-enabled devices. Journal of Cases on Information Technology, 13 (2), 19-33.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-80052911935

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=9869&context=infopapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/infopapers/2533

Number Of Pages


  • 14

Start Page


  • 19

End Page


  • 33

Volume


  • 13

Issue


  • 2