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

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    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
    JournalMoral Philosophy and Politics
    Volume7
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2020

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