Security and Privacy in the Digital Era

Volume 1 – Innovation and Technology SET Coordinated by Chantal Ammi

Security and Privacy in the Digital Era

Claudine Guerrier, Institut Mines-Télécom, Paris, France

ISBN : 9781786300782

Publication Date : August 2016

Hardcover 284 pp

130.00 USD



“The state, that must eradicate all feelings of insecurity, even potential ones, has been caught in a spiral of exception, suspicion and oppression that may lead to a complete disappearance of liberties.” (Mireille Delmas Marty, Libertés et sûreté dans un monde dangereux, 2010)

This book will examine the security/freedom duo in space and time with regards to electronic communications and technologies used in social control. It will follow a diachronic path from the relative balance between philosophy and human rights, very dear to Western civilization (at the end of the 20th Century), to the current situation, where there seems to be less freedom in terms of security to the point that some scholars have wondered whether privacy should be redefined in this era. The actors involved (the Western states, digital firms, human rights organizations etc.) have seen their roles impact the legal and political science fields.


Part 1. Technology and Human Rights.
1. The Ideology of Human Rights.
2. Protection of Personal Data.
3. Telecommunication Interception.
4. Biometrics and Videosurveillance.
Part 2. The Era of Surveillance and Control.
5. The Sources of Law in the Field of Security Illustrate This Change.
6. Interceptions
7. Other Methods of Surveillance
Part 3. Between Security and Freedom.
8. Towards Compromise.

About the authors/editors

Claudine Guerrier is Professor of Law at the Institut Mines-Télécom and the Télécom Ecole de Management in Paris, France. Her research focuses on the tense relationship between technology, security and privacy.