Institutional Trustworthiness and the Security-Privacy Trade-off in Europe

Seminar by Kirstie Ball, 3.30 pm, 14th April 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017 - 15:30

Professor Kirstie Ball will be delivering a seminar entitled:  Institutional Trustworthiness and the Security-Privacy Trade-Off in Europe. The seminar takes place at 3.30pm on Friday 14th April in the Old Library, Psychology Building, University of St Andrews, building no 69 on the campus map.


Against a backdrop of declining public trust in government and a climate of intense international terrorist threat, governments around the world are appealing to citizens to trade privacy for enhanced security. This talk will examine the relationship between the institutional trustworthiness of security agencies and the public’s acceptance of the way they use digital surveillance technologies. Using the case of Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), survey data gathered in six European countries (n=1202) are analysed to demonstrate that security agencies’ institutional trustworthiness shapes the public acceptance of DPI. paper argues for an institutional influence on the ‘security-privacy trade-off’. The talk will end by calling for security agencies and their respective governments to engage with the democratic process in order enrich security and privacy at all levels of public security governance and for the common good.


All are welcome