Privacy, the internet of things and state surveillance: handling personal information within an inhuman system

Adam Henschke*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Abstract

The Internet of Things (IoT) is, in part, an information handling system that can remove humans from the information handling process. The particular problem explored is how we are to understand privacy when considering informational systems that handle personal information in ways that impact people's lives when there is no human operator in direct contact with that personal information. I argue that these new technologies need to take concepts like privacy into account, but also, that we ought also to take these technologies into account to reconsider and perhaps reconceptualise privacy. This paper argues that while an inhuman system like the IoT does not necessarily violate the interpersonal privacy of people, if the IoT is used as part of a state surveillance program, a political notion of privacy may be violated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-149
Number of pages27
JournalMoral Philosophy and Politics
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Applied ethics
  • Ethics of technology
  • Internet of things
  • Privacy
  • Privacy as political
  • Surveillance

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Privacy, the internet of things and state surveillance: handling personal information within an inhuman system'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this