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Governing mobile surveillance practices - the importance of accountability

Conference paper
Authors Marie Eneman
Jan Ljungberg
Bertil Rolandsson
Dick Stenmark
Published in Conference Proceeding of Surveillance Studies Network Conference 2018
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Applied Information Technology (GU)
Department of Sociology and Work Science
Language en
Keywords Body-worn cameras Police Trust Transparency Accountability Surveillance Integrity Governance
Subject categories Interaction Technologies, Sociology, Information Systems, Social aspects


Police authorities in several countries have recently started to use body-worn cameras, primarily to enhance trust and transparency. The cameras are placed visibly on the police officers’ uniforms with the screens facing forward. There are some significant differences between stationary surveillance cameras and mobile cameras introduced above, as the latter are maneuvered by the individual officers and can be brought into private settings such as people’s homes. On the one hand, the cameras are described as tools ensuring legal security and enhancing trust, while on the other hand the cameras are also associated with concerns for surveillance and integrity. Empirically, this study is based on the Swedish police as a case and will investigate how these mobile and pervasive surveillance practices within the police are governed to ensure accountability and provide legal security for citizens.

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