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The Surveillance Society Report

The Surveillance Society Report
Kirstie Ball researches surveillance in and around organisations and society.

In 2006 Kirstie Ball and five colleagues from the UK and Canada successfully tendered to write a report on the Surveillance Society for the UK Government’s Information Commissioners Office (ICO). The completed report was presented at the 2006 ICO Annual Conference in London which was attended by data protection and privacy regulators from around the world. The report was translated into 4 languages and in the weeks following the report attracted significant media coverage (130+ pieces of print media in the two days following its launch as well as extensive television and radio coverage). Prompted by the report, there have been two Parliamentary Committee Inquiries (House of Lords Constitution Committee and Home Affairs Select Committee). The latter of these recommended that the UK Information Commissioner submit an Annual Report to Parliament on the Surveillance Society. In 2010, with others, Kirstie successfully tendered to write an update to the report on the Surveillance Society to inform the Information Commissioner as he gives evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee. The publicity surrounding the original report led to a very favourable funding climate and a number of successful grant applications to bodies as diverse as the ESRC (seminar series grant), Leverhulme (3 year research project), a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant and an EU-COST grant.

Please visit the Surveillance Studies Network website to view the Surveillance reports.


Kirstie Ball